The Montford Point Marines

Associated Press
In this undated handout image provided by Carrel Reavis, Reavis is seen, right, posing with two other Marines in uniform. Nearly 70 years after the Marine Corps, the last military branch to racially integrate, accepted segregated black units, the Marine Corps' top general is pushing to honor the history of the Monfort Point Marines. (AP Photo)

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Largely overlooked by history, the very first African Americans in the Marine Corps are finally being honored for their service to this country — some 70 years later.

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