Jonas Bender

Yellow Springs, Ohio resident Jonas Bender was proud to serve as a member of the Montford Point Marines. Bender and 20,000 members of the group who broke the Corps’ color barrier were honored with the Congressional Gold Medal recently in Washington, D.C.

President Barack Obama signed the bill awarding the medal to the Montford Point Marines last year.

Bender, 87, is one of 400 Marines still living of the 20,000 who trained at the segregated boot camp of Montford Point in North Carolina between 1942 and 1949.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for July 8, 2012 containing the following stories:

-Niki Dakota interviews Village Fam and beat-boxer Erratic about the Village Fam Summer in Yellow Springs.

-New Ohio Guide: Zane's Trace, by Scott Spears

-Wayne Baker interviews Yellow Springs resident Jonas Bender who was recently awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for his service as a Montford Point Marine.