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Yarmuth Votes to Honor First African-American Marines, including Six Louisvillians

(Washington, DC)  Yesterday, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) voted to approve legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the Montford Point Marines – the nation’s first African-American members of the United States Marine Corps.

“The Montford Point Marines fought to guarantee freedom around the world at a time when they were often denied those very freedoms when they returned home,” said Congressman Yarmuth. “These men served with bravery and fought relentlessly for our nation whenever called upon and I am honored to join my colleagues in recognizing their service and sacrifice.”

Following an order issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt giving African-Americans an opportunity to join the Marine Corps for the first time in the Corps history, more than 19,000 African-American Marines trained at Camp Montford Point in Jacksonville, North Carolina between 1942 and 1949.

Six Louisvillians are among those who participated in this groundbreaking mobilization: Thomas Cork, Luther Goodwin, Clarence Hunt, Albert Jones, Willis Stanley Evans, and the late Herbert Thompson.

HR 2447, cosponsored by Congressman Yarmuth, collectively honors the Montford Point Marines by awarding them a Congressional Gold Medal for their service to the United States.

The Congressional Gold Medal is bestowed for an outstanding deed or act of service to the security, prosperity, and national interest of the United States and, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is considered the highest civilian honor of the United States.