An Alabama man who served in World War II and was one of the nation’s first black Marines has been awarded one of the federal government’s highest honors. Robert Freeman, 87 years old, was presented the Congressional Gold Medal on Nov. 8 for military service dating back to the 1940s. Mr. Freeman trained alongside other African-American recruits to the Marines Corps at the segregated Montford Point Camp in North Carolina. Afterward, he deployed with his fellow Marines to World War II.
During a ceremony in Tuskegee, where Freeman has lived since leaving the military, the medal was awarded. Mr. Freeman worked for four decades at the VA Medical Center. He said the award came “a few years behind, but I really appreciate it.” It’s very good to see our veterans being recognized and Mr. Freeman is certainly deserving of his high honor.
Source: Montgomery Advertiser
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