African-American recruits weren't allowed to receive basic training at the traditional recruit depots of Parris Island or San Diego. They were segregated and received training at Montford Point, which was located at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
The Montford Point Marines were established in 1942 by President Franklin Roosevelt during World War II. About 20,000 blacks were trained at Montford Point between 1942 and 1949.
The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor bestowed by congress for distinguished achievement. The President of the United States signed into law the legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Montford Point Marines on 23 November 2011. This award recognizes the Montford Point Marines’ contributions to the Marine Corps and the wider American society”.
Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. Atlanta Chapter #5
P.O. Box 7601
Marietta, GA 30065
The 10th Annual Awards Banquet & Scholarship Ceremony will held on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 5:00PM to 11:00 PM. Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel, 4736 Best Road College Park, GA 30337.
Banquet tickets are $65 per person. Elliott Martin, Chapter President, Melvin Chandler, Vice President, Ed Sutton, 2019 Banquet Chairperson.
Hotel information: Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel 4735 Best Road College Park, GA 30337.
Reservations at 404-762-7676 or 888-627-7211 on or before September 15, 2019.
Please identify yourself as part of the Montford Point Marines Room Block. Room rate $109.00.
Should you have any questions, please give Ed Sutton a call @ 404-229-8549 or Elliott Martin @678-350-3381.
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