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    In Honor of Mr. William H. Redd

    by Former Representative Robert E. Andrews

    Posted on 2013-03-12

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    ANDREWS of new jersey in the house of representatives Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Mr. ANDREWS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Mr. William H. Redd, a retired member of the United States Marine Corps who is receiving a lifetime achievement award for his service in the Montford Point Marines.

    Mr. Redd was drafted into the Marine Corps during World War II where he was sent to Camp Montford Point, a segregated training camp in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Upon completion, Private Redd was stationed in Iwo Jima and Sasebo, Japan where he worked in Pacific Theater of Operations with the 66th Supply Platoon. He provided support, guard duty, and engaged in combat. Shortly after the bombing at Pearl Harbor, Corporal Redd was stationed in Hilo, Hawaii.

    After four years of enlistment, Corporal Reed was honorably discharged and returned to his wife and children in Camden, New Jersey.

    Mr. Reed was one of the nearly 20,000 Montford Point Marines who helped pave the way for African Americans in the United States Armed Forces. On June 27, 2012, Mr. Reed and his fellow Montford Point Marines received the Congressional Medal of Honor for their service.

    [[Page E269]] Mr. Redd will be receiving his Life Time Achievement Award from Each One Teach Consultants at the 10th annual Black History in the Barbershop Program in Camden, NJ. The program is dedicated to preserving the historical contributions that African Americans have made to society.


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