Clyburn Statement On Montford Point Marines Congressional Gold Medal

Nov 10, 2011 Issues: Defense and National Security, Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC—Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn today released the following statement on passage of legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Montford Point Marines:

"It is fitting that as our nation pauses to honor our military veterans, Congress has agreed to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Montford Point Marines.  These African-American Marines served in World War II with dignity and distinction despite enduring segregated training conditions at the Montford Point Camp, which is now part of Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.  They were subjected to racial abuse and discrimination, yet they persevered and earned the respect of their fellow Marines.  It is long overdue that Congress recognize the contributions of these great Americans for their service and sacrifice, and I look forward to the day the surviving members come to Capitol Hill to receive the highest award bestowed by Congress.  I congratulate Representative Corrine Brown and Senator Kay Hagan and all supporters of this legislation, and I urge President Obama to sign it into law at his earliest opportunity."