Vermont man to get Congressional Gold Medal
MANCHESTER, Vt. (AP) -- An 84-year-old Vermont man is being awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition for being among the first African-Americans integrated into the U.S. Marine Corps.
Nathaniel Boone of Manchester will be among 200 Montford Point Marines to receive the highest civilian honor from President Barack Obama on June 27.
When Boone enlisted in 1946, he was sent to boot camp at Montford Point Camp, a training facility in North Carolina that was segregated between 1942 and 1949.
Boone told the Rutland Herald (http://bit.ly/N5I1SS ) he served two years in the military before earning a law degree and practicing in New Jersey. He moved to Vermont for his retirement.