Tennessee man to receive father’s medal for military service | app

Knoxville, Tenn. (AP) – Even as the United States reeled from the Japanese advance in the Pacific in 1942 and the military desperately sought to bolster the American war machine, it was remarkable that James Cook Sr. even was allowed to enlist.

It took the existential threat of World War I for the military to open up new roles for African-American men, and Cook was part of the first wave of Black Marines. Cook began his military journey at Camp Montford Point, a separate Marine training camp in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and later served at the Pacific Theater.

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