It is with deep sadness that I report that my friend, CVO member, original Montford Pointer and World War II Marine veteran Stanley Porter passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. At 98 years of age, Stanley was still active as the Montford Point Marine Association representative to CVO.
Mr. Porter served in World War II with a 90 mm anti-aircraft battery. He was active in both the Montford Point Marine Association and CVO.
In 2012 Stanley received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor in the country, for his service as a Montford Point Marine. The Montford Point Marines were the first African American Marines and were trained at segregated Camp Montford Point in North Carolina. He was one of the earlier recruits. The Montford Point Marines had to actually build the facilities at Camp Montford Point, as well as undergo Marine Corps training under the supervision of white officers and drill instructors.
Mr. Porter was always cheerful and friendly and when asked how he was doing, usually replied “Marvelous!” He will be sorely missed.
∼ Bruce Parry