"It didn't seem to be a problem because we had adjusted to the atmosphere," Foreman said. "Whatever duties they assigned us, we decided we would make the best of them and keep things going."

When Foreman ended his career with the Marines in 1946, he assumed that shared experiences between white and black military personnel would lead to changes at home.

He was mistaken.

Foreman found himself on an ill-equipped campus with other black students when he used funds from the G.I. Bill to attend air conditioning and refrigeration school in Baltimore.


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The white students, Foreman recalled, had a more hands-on learning environment.

He still feels that some attitudes were changed by the wartime service.

"We came together a little more," Foreman said. "We realized that if either one of us had to shed blood, all of it was red."

From 1948 to 1985, Foreman worked for the United States Postal Service and during that time became a founding member of the Jackson and Johnson Memorial American Legion Post 263 in Catonsville, serving as its commander in 1955.

The current commander of Post 263, Ronald Alston, called Foreman a gentleman and a "cornerstone" of the American Legion.

"It's a very prestigious award that's been long coming," Alston said, noting younger members look up to Foreman. "For the post, I guess we're just thankful to have someone of his quality getting it."

Though the Montford Point Marines will finally be recognized for their service, Foreman said he has benefited from his experience serving his country.

"It was really a pleasure to serve our country in a time of need," Foreman said. "I think all of us feel like that."