Thomas W. Snowden, member of nation’s first black marine corps

October 7, 2018

Sgt. Thomas Snowden (left) with Joseph H. Geeter III, National Public Relations and Legislative Officer for the Montford Park Marine Association

By Staff

Sgt. Thomas W. Snowden, 95, of Philadelphia, a member of the nation’s first black marine corps, died Friday at the Chestnut Hill nursing home where he has lived for about five years.

Mr. Snowden was among about 400 members of the Montford Point Marines who received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2012 for their service during World War II. The group trained at Montford Point, a segregated and substandard boot camp about five miles from all-white Camp Lejeune, N.C., from 1942 to 1949.

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