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Camp Lejeune ceremony honors 1st black Marines

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Army Spc. Jarryd Dean who receives a congressional gold medal on behalf of Mr. Lisco Thomas, Dean’s grandfather and an original Montford Point Marine. (Official Marine Corps photo Lance Cpl. Jared Lingafelt/Released) Army Spc. Jarryd Dean who receives a congressional gold medal on behalf of Mr. Lisco Thomas, Dean’s grandfather and an original Montford Point Marine. (Official Marine Corps photo Lance Cpl. Jared Lingafelt/Released)
Montford Point Marines listen to a speech. (Official Marine Corps photo Lance Cpl. Jared Lingafelt/Released) Montford Point Marines listen to a speech. (Official Marine Corps photo Lance Cpl. Jared Lingafelt/Released)
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - In Jacksonville Friday, Camp Lejeune honored the first black Marines in our nation's history during a ceremony at Camp Johnson.

It's ahead of Montford Point Marine Day which is next Tuesday.
     
Camp Johnson used to be known as Montford Point and it's where the first black Marines in the U.S. trained.
     
The Montford Point Marines were established in 1942 by President Franklin Roosevelt during World War II and around 20,000 black Marines trained there between 1942 and 1949.


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