Transcript for First Black Marines Honored
And finally a part of history few Americans knew the first black Marines risking their lives in war. Only to -- injustice when they returned one of them saying He felt safer on the battlefield than here at home. So what happened today here's ABC's Bob Woodruff. They came to Washington today with heads held high the few the proud. Beneath their worn faces memories of valor in America's segregated past. Even at 82 -- today. -- -- -- -- Nearly seventy years after president Roosevelt ordered the Marines to accept black troops the house voted unanimously today to award the congressional gold medal. The nation's highest civilian honor or. To our nation's first black Marines those who trained here. -- -- -- -- The month for Marines proudly served our country in battles like Iwo jima and open now. Sent in to clean up dangerous debris after the atomic bombs dropped in Japan. But back here at home racism. White Marines trained at Camp Lejeune while the black Marines weren't even allowed on the base and -- guided by a white officer. No black officers existed. We didn't have any officers protect us we got kicked it gets that. Of the things we could do anything with this the answer except. Inspiration to those serving in their footsteps. And -- most of the 191000 month for point Marines have passed away. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- fine always faithful the motto of all Marines Bob Woodruff ABC news New York.
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