Montford Point Marines Tell Their Story

The first African-American Marines talk about their experiences.

Posted:
 
montfordpoint400
MSNBC

The black soldiers of Montford Point -- the first admitted into the U.S. Marines -- have not received the same level of recognition as their World War II counterparts, the Tuskegee Airmen. Until now.

Wednesday, Congress voted to award the Montford Point Marines the Congressional Gold Medal, the country's highest civilian honor. Admitted to the Marine Corps after President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered all branches of the armed forces to accept blacks, the Montford Point Marines endured untold hardships as they trained in the segregated North Carolina facility. Some of the surviving Marines talk about the experiences in the video below.

In other news: Mother of Penn State Victim Speaks Out.

Like The Root on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.  

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Vintage Photos of Veteran African-American Soldiers

Vintage black: For Veterans Day, a look back at our men in uniform.

LOADING GALLERY...
 
Comments
The Root encourages respectful debate and dialogue in our commenting community. To improve the commenting experience for all our readers we will be experimenting with some new formats over the next few weeks. During this transition period the comments section will be unavailable to users.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support of The Root.

While we are experimenting, please feel free to leave feedback below about your past experiences commenting at The Root.
Must-See Family Attractions
July 29 2014 2:13 PM