They Made History

As the first African Americans to serve in the Marine Corps, Montford Point Marines changed the face of the United States Marine Corps forever.

Aspiring to the same title as any other recruits, they were tested with more stringent standards than any Marine who came before. Through it all, they demonstrated uncommon courage and immense pride.

This month we share personal stories in honor of three men who served at Montford Point--Robert D. Reid, Gene Doughty and Charles O. Foreman.

In achieving recognition and respect as Marines, these men and all Montford Point Marines left a significant and lasting impact on the Corps, one that has paved the way for successive generations of African American Marines who serve today with honor and distinction.

Almost sixty-five years after the Montford Point Camp closed Congress passed a bill marking a major milestone in American history. On November 23, 2011, President Obama signed into law the bill awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor civilians can receive, to the Montford Point Marines for their bravery and unceasing commitment to the Corps and our country.

There will be a Congressional Gold Medal award ceremony honoring the Montford Point Marines, tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2012. For more information on the ceremony click here.