Congressional Gold Medal

On Nov. 23, 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law the legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Montford Point Marines. This award recognizes Montford Point Marines' contributions to the Marine Corps and the United States of America from 1942 to 1949, during a time of hardship and segregation.

Nearly 20,000 Marines were trained at Montford Point, North Carolina from 1942-1949. Every aspect of their training was segregated from their white counterparts. They were housed in prefabricated huts and railroad tracks separated white residents from the training camp. They were only permitted on the main base of Camp Lejeune if they were escorted by a white Marine. 

How can you help?

The Atlanta Chapter of the National Montford Point Marine Association Inc is committed to ensuring all Original Montford Marines receive the recognition they deserve for their service and sacrifice to this Nation. Since many of them have departed this Earth, that means finding the remaing family and present them with the medal in honor of their service. 

If you know of a Veteran who you think may be an Original Montford Point Marine, or know of family who discusses the service of someone who may have been a Montford Marine, please follow the steps below and/or reach the contact information below for help.

The Search Continues for “Montford Pointers”

Do you have a family member or friend who was a Montford Point Marine? Some “Montford Pointers,” as they are often called, left the service and rarely discussed this chapter of their lives. If you know a Montford Point Marine that has not been recognized, contact us at

Note: To be documented and receive the medal, individuals or their families must show their discharge documents. The medal can be awarded posthumously to family members.

Step 1: locate DD-214

Step 2: contact your local Montford Marines Chapter


mobile : (404) 939-0453

ional Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. Atlanta Chapter 5

PO Box 7601

Marietta, GA 30065


National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. Atlanta Chapter 5

PO Box 7601

Marietta, GA 30065

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