Montford Point Marines' Honor A Long Time Coming

Montford Point Marines' honor a long time coming
Houston Chronicle
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Updated 07:37 p.m., Wednesday, June 27, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Montford Point Marines, the first group of black Marines who broke the color barrier in World War II, were honored at a ceremony Wednesday with Congressional Gold Medals, the highest civilian honor that Congress can bestow.

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