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According to CBS, the Montford Point Marines, who were the first African Americans to serve in that branch of the military, were honored in Washington for their long-awaited recognition—the Congressional Gold Medal.
One of the surviving members is a 90-year-old Hampton man, James “Rudy” Carter. He was only 19 when he first became a Marine.
He said he wanted to be a Marine because it would give him the chance to “become an American, a full-fledged citizen.”