On Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner (left) presented William McDowell (above) with the Congressional Gold Medal as part of a ceremony to recognize the Montford Point Marines in Emancipation Hall at the Capitol Visitor Center. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also attended the event.
The Montford Point Marines were the first African-Americans to serve in the Corps and only 120 of the nearly 20,000 who trained at the segregated Montford Point in Camp Lejeune, NC., are still alive, according to the Associated Press.
Photo: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
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