28 June 2012
Praise: Montford Marines
Sergeant Joseph Ginyard enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War II, re-enlisted to serve in the Korean War, and was among the "Montford Marines" who received the Congressional Gold Medal this week. The Montford Point Base was used for basic training (boot camp) for Blacks entering the Marine Corps between 1942 and 1949. They broke the color barrier for the Marine Corps. American heroes who went without recognition for far too long. This follows the Montford Marines being honored at Temple University's Blockson Collection on Juneteenth Day (19 June).
I love the enthusiasm of Mr. Ginyard, now 87 years old, in proving to old bigots that he was a brave and proud Marine. Fantastic!
Every time we break barriers, like welcoming Blacks into the military and more recently the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, our diversity enables our forces to be stronger and better prepared for the diversity of threats that might face the United States.