Elderly Black Texas Marine Veteran Receives Congressional Medal

SAN ANTONIO (December 12, 2012)—Retired Marine Cpl. Calvin Curtis, 87, a black veteran of World War II, has received the nation's highest civilian honor.

A ceremony was held Tuesday at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio to honor Curtis with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Curtis was part of the Marines of Montford Point, black service members who trained at Camp Lejeune, N.C., in the 1940s.

Curtis, after his military duty, became a mail carrier in South Texas for more than 30 years.

He now lives in San Antonio.

Todd Curtis helped secure the honor for his father after learning about a June ceremony in Washington honoring hundreds of other Marines of Montford Point veterans.