Retired Rock Hill Marine honored for World War II service

Posted July 9, 2013 6:47 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

Rock Hill’s Bobby Plair is well-known in the arts circles in town — but Tuesday morning, his father Bobby Senior was in the limelight as he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

The elder Plair fought in World War II during a time when black Marines were trained at a separate camp known as Montford Point in Jacksonville, N.C. — more than 300 miles away from their white counterparts at Paris Island.

Montford Point Marine Association president James Averhart tells WRHI that the Montford Point Marines have come well past the days of segregation.

Plair is one of 20,000 Marines who trained at Montford Point who’ve now been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

Ever since President Obama first authorized the medal for the Montford Point Marines, Averhart said veterans have been coming out of the woodwork.

To date, 400 Montford Point Marines have been recognized with the Congressional Gold Medal

The Montford Point Marines trained at the Jacksonville site from 1942 to 1949.