3rd Marine Division Marine Honors First African-American Medal of Honor Recipient

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U.S. Marine 1st Sgt. Maurice Bease honors the memory of the first African-American Medal of Honor recipient. Pfc. James Anderson Jr. Anderson served with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division during the Vietnam War. Bease, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, is the company first sergeant for Headquarters Company, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. (U.S. Marine Corps Video by Cpl. Carl King Jr.)

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  1. kahulet
    kahulet Feb 22, 2018

    He was not the first. Robert Blake was the first in 1864. Anderson wasn't even the first to receive it during Vietnam.

  2. 36697633
    36697633 Feb 23, 2018

    The title of article is misleading. 25 African Americans received the Medal of Honor during the Civil War; 19, during the Frontier Wars; 2 during World War I (decades after they died, following records reviews in the 1980s); and 1 during World War II.

  3. 36697830
    36697830 Feb 23, 2018

    The first African-American to receive the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War was P.F.C. Milton Lee Olive III. On October 22nd 1965,he saved 4 fellow troops by jumping on and smothering a live grenade. On April 21,1966 LBJ presented his Father and Step Mother the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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