Black Texas veteran, 87, gets congressional medal

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A black former Texas Marine who served in World War II during a time of segregation has received the nation's highest civilian honor.

A ceremony was held Tuesday at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio to honor 87-year-old retired Cpl. Calvin Curtis with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Curtis was part of the Marines of Montford Point, black service members who trained at Camp Lejeune, N.C., in the 1940s.

Curtis, following his military duty, became a mail carrier in South Texas for more than 30 years. He now lives in San Antonio.

Todd Curtis helped secure the honor for his father after learning about a June ceremony in Washington honoring hundreds of other Marines of Montford Point veterans.

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