Jacksonville aggressively working to find Montford Point Marines

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Jacksonville is working to dig up the identities of missing Montford Point Marines. (Christina Thompson, NewsChannel 12 photo)

Jacksonville aggressively working to find Montford Point Marines

It's a divided history once buried beneath the mistakes of poor record keeping.

Now, Jacksonville is working to dig up the identities of missing Montford Point Marines. The Marines are a group of African-American servicemen who trained in a segregated Marine Corps back in the 1940s.

"The Montford pointers really made themselves known," said Jacksonville Assistant City Manager Glenn Hargett. "They fought for the right to fight."

Now, Montford Point Marines have a new battle, the fight for the right to be recognized for their service. The annual medal ceremony will be held in July so Jacksonville Tourism partnered with the Montford Point Marine Association to track down the missing men of honor.

The key now, officials at the tourism office say, is to encourage people to ask their grandfathers and great grandfathers whether they were a Montford Point Marine. Since the work began to identify these Marines, they've located over 900 of them.

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