Montford Point Marine Honored

By Townsend, Tim | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), May 19, 2013 | Go to article overview

Montford Point Marine Honored


Townsend, Tim, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


ST. LOUIS * Another veteran of the racially segregated Montford Point Marines received one of the nation's highest honors Saturday the Congressional Gold Medal.

William Taylor, 87, was one of nearly 20,000 Marines who entered the service via a blacks-only military training center, called Montford Point, in North Carolina, that operated from 1942 to 1949.

At the time, they trained and fought separately from other servicemen, despite facing the same dangers and sacrifices.

In a ceremony at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay called Taylor "a brave veteran who fought two battles at the same time."

"While he was defending freedom and saving the world in World War II, this brave American and his courageous comrades were also fighting a battle for equality and full citizenship for African- Americans," Clay said.

Taylor was born in Virginia in 1926 and entered the Marine Corps in 1944. After the war, he spent 30 years as a recreational administrator for the YWCA in several locations, including St. …

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