A Montford Point Marine will be honored posthumously Friday with the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony at MCLB.
Private First Class James Windom became a member of the Montford Point Marines in June 1943. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in Aug. 1949. The Windom family will be at the ceremony Friday to accept his award.
On June 27, 2012, House and Senate leaders awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to approximately 400 Montford Point Marines in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. The Commandant of the Marine Corps also held a parade in their honor the next day at Marine Barracks Washington.
Windom is one of approximately 100 Montford Point Marines who were unable to attend the Congressional Gold Medal events in Washington, D.C. in June.
To ensure the proper presentation and recognition of this Montford Point Marine, MCLB Albany is holding this ceremony in his honor.
The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor awarded as the utmost expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions.