GREENSBORO, NC (WECT) – The family of a World War II veteran was presented with a certificate Monday to commemorate the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the Montford Point Marines in 2012.
Private First class Milton Woodruff passed away in 1995. He was among the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps.
US Senator Kay Hagan's office worked to secure the certificate for the family so that Woodruff's contributions were properly honored.
"Today, with the presentation of this certificate, Milton Woodruff is finally receiving his rightful place in history," said Hagan in news release. "This is but a small token of the appreciation he deserves – for his enormous contributions to our country as a warrior in the Pacific and as a pioneer in American society. And it is my great honor to be able to present it to his family today on behalf of a grateful state and a grateful nation – a state and a nation that will never forget his service and his sacrifice."
The Montford Point Marines is the name given to the first African-Americans who served in the US Marine Corps.
The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award bestowed by Congress. As recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal, the Montford Point Marines are among a select and extraordinary group of people who have received the medal since it was first granted to General George Washington in 1776.
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