Black Oregon WWII Marine Honored

BEND, Ore. — An Oregon Marine received a Congressional Gold Medal Thursday.

Jonathan West was one of the first black Marines in World War II serving in the Montford Unit. In 1942, President Roosevelt issued an order allowing blacks to serve.

In June, Congress honored those Marines with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor given by Congress.

Due to his health, 91-year-old West was unable to attend, but a service was held in Bend Thursday, complete with an honor guard to officially recognize West.

Documents show that there could be 420 Montford Point Marines still living.

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  1. Eric says:

    Why don’t they just honor all the WWII Marine veterans? I think being race-specific in this situation is a cheap shot to the other guys.

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