Retired Marines earn Hero status

OCEANSIDE — In celebration of Black History Month, Union Bank and KPBS have honored three Oceanside Marines as local heroes.

The 2014 Black History Month honorees included Original Montford Point Marines J.T. Inge, Joe Earl Jackson and Carrel Reavis.

Inge, Jackson, and Reavis are members of the San Diego Chapter of the National Montford Point Marine Association, a non-profit veteran organization established to celebrate the legacy of the first African Americans who entered the United States Marine Corps between 1942-1949. Retired Gunnery Sgt. Inge, Retired 1st Sgt. Jackson, and Retired Gunnery Sgt. Reavis were among the first 20,000 African American men who enlisted in the Marines and were sent to the segregated Montford Point Camp for training in New River, North Carolina. All three men served more than 20 years in the Marine Corps before moving on to other careers in the San Diego area. In 2012, the former Marines were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor, “for outstanding perseverance and courage that inspired social change in the Marine Corps.”

For more information or to nominate a future local hero, visit HYPERLINK “http://www.kqed.org/heritage/” HYPERLINK “http://www.kpbs.org/heroes” kpbs.org/heroes or HYPERLINK “http://www.unionbank.com/heroes” unionbank.com/heroes.

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