The Montford Point Marines of Camp Lejeune will get a special honor in Washington D.C. this week. They are the first class of African Americans to serve in the Marine Corps.
Some of those veterans left our state from the Wilmington airport Tuesday morning. The six veterans will be honored with the Congressional Gold Medal - the highest civilian award. After years of service all over the world, the Marines say they're honored to join the ranks of those before them.
Montford Point Camp was the original base for black Marines at Camp Lejeune. Approximately 20,000 Marines trained there from 1942 to 1949.