Retired Marine Donald Poindexter was presented a Congressional Gold Medal on Independence Day at The Terrace at Chestnut Hill.
Poindexter was one of the Montford Point Marines, the first African Americans to serve in the Marine Corps. They trained at Camp Montford Point in North Carolina from 1942 to 1949, after President Franklin Roosevelt issued an order in 1941 requiring the military to recruit and enlist African Americans.
Poindexter also received the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, and a congratulatory citation from state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Philadelphia.
Congressman Evans said, “The Montford Point Marines stepped up to defend America’s freedom at a time when they were denied the full protection our Constitution promises. Our nation’s birthday is a very fitting time to present Mr. Poindexter with this high honor which he has earned.”
Evans represents the 3rd Congressional District, which includes Northwest and West Philadelphia and parts of North, South, Southwest and Center City Philadelphia. In addition to presenting the Congressional Gold Medal, Evans gave a very moving speech thanking Poindexter and all veterans for their service.
During the ceremony, our receptionist, Lynnell was commended by Montford Point Philadelphia Chapter President Joe Greeter due to her outstanding work in getting Poindexter his awards. She called the Philadelphia chapter because she knew former President Obama had made certificates for Montford Point members when he was in office.