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Congressional Gold Medal Presented Posthumously to Montford Point Marine Family

Congressional Gold Medal Presented Posthumously to Montford Point Marine Family

Pfc Burnie W. Hill, a Montford Point Marine, was posthumously honored with the presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal May 31, 2018. The medal was given to his son Clement Hill during a ceremony at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

On Nov. 23, 2011, President Barack Obama signed the law to award all Montford Point Marines with the Congressional Gold Medal. The gold medal, authorized by Public Law 112–59 was awarded to the Montford Point Marines in recognition of their personal sacrifice and service to their country during World War II.

“I discovered my father was a Marine only because he said he was there,” said Clement Hill, Burnie Hill’s son, “I did find out, through the years, he was one of the 260 Marines that were drafted [In the Marine Corps and trained at Montford Point].”

Nearly 20,000 Marines were trained at Montford Point, North Carolina from 1942-1949. Every aspect of their training was segregated from their white counterparts. They were housed in prefabricated huts and railroad tracks separated white residents from the training camp. They were only permitted on the main base of Camp Lejeune if they were escorted by a white Marine.

Hill boxed while at Montford Point and while stationed in the Philippines. Following his time in the Marine Corps he went on to fight such boxers as Joey Archibald, Sugar Ray Robinson and other famous athletes.

He opened a catering business and worked as a cook, then was a head chef at Pennington Railroad where he had the opportunity to cook for President Richard Nixon.

“I’d like to thank everybody for this honor. I’m kind of sad my dad’s not here to receive it. I’ll probably never forget this for the rest of my life,” said Clement Hill.

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RAYMOND FUSTON - May 7, 2020


Eric Fryer - May 7, 2020

Semper Fi

Richard - May 7, 2020

So the medals were given because? Should ALL Marines who served in WW2 been awarded one? Kind of like getting a Noble Peace prize, for what? Awarding to be awarding steals the honor.

Reuben El - May 7, 2020


Bill Walter, Cpl. - May 7, 2020

Thank you, your Mother and the rest of your family for their sacrifice as well as the honor for your father’s service being recognized by a real POTUS! Pfc. Burnie W. Hill is a man I wish I had met! My Dad boxed in the Corp also. When Burnie reported to Heaven, he might have said as others said, “Another Marine reporting Sir, I’ve served my time in hell!” God bless Burnie and Semper Fi brother. God bless his whole family. I feel honored to have followed men like Pfc. Burnie Hill and my father Sgt. William Walter! Thank you to all Marine brothers for your service and sacrifices, Cpl. Bill Walter, USMC 1969-75

Timothy W Boutwell - May 7, 2020

Fair winds and following seas Marine! Well done and Rest In Peace! Oooorah!!?

John Stone - May 7, 2020

Semper Fi, PFC Hill. RIP

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