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Original Montford Point Marine Henry Jackson was among the first African-Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps. He was among 500 of his comrades to be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal last June and will be featured in a Black History Month Program Sunday at Cray Chapel CME Church.

Original Montford Point Marine Henry Jackson was among the first African-Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps. He was among 500 of his comrades to be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal last June and will be featured in a Black History Mont

Steve McQueen joined the Marine Corps in 1947, age 17. He saved the lives of five other Marines during an Arctic exercise, pulling them from a tank before it broke through ice into the sea. He was also assigned to an honor guard responsible for guarding then U.S. President Harry Truman's yacht. McQueen served until 1950 when he was honorably discharged.

Steve McQueen joined the Marines Corps at 17 in 1947 and worked as a tank driver. He received a commendation for rescuing five Marines in a training accident.

Dan Rather enlisted with the USMC in 1954 after school. When his superiors learned he had a bout with rheumatic fever he was discharged from service.

Dan Rather enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, but was soon discharged because of having had rheumatic fever as a child .

"Marine Cpl. Robert L. Hardin...checks the main distributing frame in Montford Point's headquarters for line difficulties." N.d. 127-N-8768. - See more at: https://www.mca-marines.org/leatherneck/gallery/first-african-american-marines-enlist#sthash.Mp67AMjX.dpuf

Robert L. Hardin checks the main distributing frame in Montford Point's headquarters for line difficulties

Private First Class Ralph E. Dias, US Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient Que Son Mountains, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam November 12, 1969.

Private First Class Ralph E. Dias, US Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient Quang Nam Province Vietnam, November

Lance Corporal Jedh C. Barker, US Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient Operation Kingfisher near Con Thien, Quang Tri Province, Vietnam September 21, 1967.

Lance Corporal Jedh C. Barker, US Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient Operation Kingfisher near Con Thien, Quang Tri Province, Vietnam September

Honoring the heroic 'Montford Pointers,' the African American Marines the corps didn't want

Honoring the heroic ‘Montford Pointers,’ the African American Marines the corps didn’t want

Honoring the heroic ‘Montford Pointers,’ the African American Marines the corps didn’t want - The Washington Post

The official portrait of United States Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Harold William “Joe” Bauer (1908-1942), an air group commander and fighter pilot ace credited with destroying 11 Japanese aircraft during World War II. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on January 1, 1944 for his heroic actions during the battle for the Solomon Islands at the Battle of Guadalcanal.

The official portrait of United States Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Harold…

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