Montford Point Marine Association Louisville Chapter #22 Hosts LtGen Ronald S. Coleman, USMC (Ret) at 7th Annual Covington - Hagan Scholarship Banquet

MPMA Scholarship Banquet 2011

Louisville, Kentucky; March 19, 2011: In an effort to encourage the pursuit of higher education in the local African-American community, the Montford Point Marine Association (MPMA), Louisville Chapter #22, publicly recognized three (3) outstanding young students with Covington-Hagan Scholarships at its annual banquet. Marines, officer candidates, and friends of the Corps gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2735 Crittenden Drive, to honor Cameron Dooley (Fern Creek Traditional High School), Alexander Fowler (Seneca High School), and John Stepp (duPont Manual High School, and their parents. Keynote remarks were delivered by LtGen Ronald S. Colemen, USMC (Ret), who urged all young people in attendance to pursue higher education as the key to success in whatever careers they ultimately choose. Throughout the evening, LtGen Coleman mingled with and spoke to all in attendance, stressing the importance of leadership and focusing his encouraging comments on Marine Corps officer candidates in attendance, while paying tribute to several local Marine Corps veterans, who received their initial training at the segregated Camp Montford Point, New River, North Carolina (1942-1949). Color guard was provided by Company E, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Fort Knox, Kentucky. Master of Ceremonies for the event was Capt Michael F. Masters, Jr., USMC, Officer Selection Officer, Lexington, Kentucky. Mr. Charles H. Stallard (Corporal, USMC, 1965-1969), who has served as president of the MPMA, Louisville Chapter #22 since 1993, was the chairman of this very successful annual event, which effectively brings the value and discipline of the Marine Corps experience to our local African-American community, through the dedicated service and enduring patriotism of those who continue to honor the legacy of the original Montford Point Marines. (Photography by Ed Armento. Additional photos in "Galleries" section.)