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Montford Point Marine Congressional Resolution

Feb 15, 2005

FORWARDED MESSAGE
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From: "Gash, Kevin"
To: "Gash, Kevin"
Subject: Montford Point Marine Congressional Resolution
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2005 13:34:29 -0500

I wanted to make you aware of the enclosed resolution
Representatives Lane Evans and Corrine Brown will be
introducing in Congress shortly. Representative Evans is
the senior Democrat on the House Veterans' Affairs
Committee and a Marine. Representative Corrine Brown is a
member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee. Please make your
membership aware of the resolution and I will keep you
updated on its progress.

Thank you,

Kevin Gash

Rep Lane Evans

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February 15, 2005

Honor the First African-American Marines

Dear Colleague:

We urge you to join us in commemorating the sacrifice of
the "Montford Point Marines" who honorably served our
nation in World War II.

African-Americans were first recruited by the Marine Corps
in 1942 and trained in isolation at Montford Point on the
western-most portion of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. This
brave group of recruits became known as the "Montford Point
Marines" and endured racial discrimination and harassment.

Segregated African-American Marine Corps units fought and
served in the Pacific theatre liberating the Ellice
Islands, Eniwetok Atoll, the Marshall Islands, Kwajalein
Atoll, Iwo Jima and Peleliu, Mariana Islands, Saipan,
Tinian, Guam, and Okinawa. Robert Sherrod, Time Magazine's
correspondent in the Central Pacific, noted that the
uninitiated African-American

Marine units first encountering combat in Saipan were
worthy of the Navy's highest possible combat performance
rating of a 4.0.

We offer this resolution to recognize their service and
sacrifice and to acknowledge today's United States Marine
Corps as an excellent opportunity for advancement of
persons of all races due to the service and example of the
original Montford Point Marines. Please contact Kevin Gash
(Evans) at kevin.gash@mail.house.gov to be an original
cosponsor.

Sincerely,

/s
LANE EVANS

Member of Congress

/s
CORRINE BROWN

Member of Congress

Kevin J. Gash
Legislative Director
Representative Lane Evans
2211 Rayburn House Office Bldg.
Washington DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-5905
Fax: 202-225-5396

 JAMES E STEWART JR PRESIDENT

JOHN TILLMAN VICE PRESIDENT

Historical advisor Byron Stewart PhD

 

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