Former Atlanta marine to be honored with one of Congress’ highest honors

ATLANTA — As Black History Month continues, a southwest Atlanta man is being honored with one of Congress’ highest honors.

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Sgt. Lee Raymond Shelton will be presented with the Congressional Gold Medal at his home Wednesday evening.

He’s one of the first Black Americans trained at a segregated facility known as Montford Point Camp.

The Montford Point Marines served during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

The award is given to a person or group who performs an outstanding deed or act of service to the security, prosperity, and national interest of the U.S.


Shelton’s service led to the end of segregation in the Marine Corps.

Of the 20,000 Black marines that trained at Montford Point Camp, only 2,000 has ever received their Congressional Gold Medals.

The medal, bestowed by Congress is one of the highest civilian awards in the United States.

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