NORFOLK- He couldn't make it to Washington, DC to be with his fellow Montford Marines as they received a replica Congressional Gold Medal for service to this country, so the Marines came to William Davis.
Brig. Gen. Blake Crowe, Commander U.S Marine Corps Forces Command, presented the medal Thursday morning.
Williams joined the Marine Corps after President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a presidential directive allowing African Americans to be recruited during WWII. He is one of about 20,000 who trained at Montford Point in North Carolina.
In 2011, Gen. James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, pressed for the surviving members of the Montford Point Marines to receive the Congressional Gold Medal (CGM), the nations highest civilian award. Congress passed legislation and President Barack Obama signed the order.
In June 2013 at Marine Barracks Washington, the more than 300 of 400 surviving Montford Point Marines present each received bronze replicas of the CGM.
The Marine Corps Association and the Tawani Foundation combined efforts to fully fund bronze replica medals for each of the Montford Point Marines.
It is one of these medals that will be presented on Thursday to Mr. Davis.