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African-American Marine Finally Gets Recognition For His Years of Service

A San Antonio man who served as a Marine is finally getting recognition for his service after 7 decades. Former Marine Calvin T. Curtis was part of a special group called the Montford Point Marines.

WAOI reports:

 They are the first African American Marines ever and who were drafted during World War II. Montford Point Marines are now being honored either through individual ceremonies or group ceremonies across the country with a Congressional Gold Medal.

Retired Marine Sergeant Major Mike Benjamin was at the ceremony to watch his friend Mr. Curtis receive his medal.

Benjamin said, “When I went into the Marine Corp in 1950, persons like Curtis made it easy for guys like me who were men of color to recognize that we could be good marines.”

“This is a great moment for my life today,” Curtis told the family and friends who’d gathered to watch him receive his medal.

The ceremony was the result of  the  efforts of Calvin Curtis’ son, Todd Curtis,  to ensure that his father was honored, after learning that other Montford Point Marines had been honored at a ceremony in Washington.

“The level of segregation and discrimination that we have heard about from Tuskegee Airmen or other people in the military was probably a level higher in the Marine Corp because of their traditions,” explained Dr. Todd Curtis.

6 Responses to African-American Marine Finally Gets Recognition For His Years of Service

  1. Mandingo

    December 15, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Being ‘honoured’ for killing the enemies of racist American imperialists is no honour.

  2. RAN

    December 13, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I’ve never heard of this group of men before. I’m glad they are getting the recognition they deserve.

  3. bernlaw

    December 13, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    We have to make our own “Heroic Movies” Hollywood and the negroes won’t.You can join “The Montford Point Marines” and we will get it right! LAWAZIZ

  4. LarryJ

    December 13, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I have seen many Hollywood Viet Nam War movies with very few Black soldiers partipating in any important roles. Yet, when I served in combat in Viet Nam, I saw Black NCOs, Black Officers, Black Pilots, Black Tankmen, and Black heroes, etc,. I also saw a lot of dead Black soldiers killed in battle……Yet the only Viet Nam War Heroes are Whites…….Does my Combat Medical Badge and Bronze Star mean anything….???? LarryJ

  5. Derrick

    December 12, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Black soldiers were the REAL HEROES, but never get credit for their contribution to world OURstory and inventions.

    This man had to wait 70 da*mn years to get recognition, but a white boy will get IMMEDIATE recognition for his so-called heroic deeds!

    Black soldiers won EVERY war for caucasoids. They would always put us on the front line to protect them; while we were the FIRST to die!!! The same senario can be said of the caucasoid QB, he gets
    his protection from his blockers and linesmen, who are mainly Black; this is how they become heroes to little white boys and adult males.

    Terry Bradshaw admitted that,if it were not for his star receivers, he wouldn’t have been shyt!!! He said, if it weren’t for Stahlworth and Swann, he would not had been a good QB!!!

    THE BLACK MAN GETS NO JUSTICE; DEAD OR ALIVE!! PLAYING SPORTS OR PLAYING POLITRICKS, IN JAIL OR OUT OF JAIL, IN SCHOOL OR OUT OF SCHOOL…WE ARE A TARGETED PEOPLE…AND I DON’T MEAN THE DEPARTMENT STORE!!

    THIS RACIST COUNTRY IS A BYTCH!!!