Molokai War Hero recieves award long-overdue

William Harris

A Molokai man who fought in the U.S. Marine Corps received an honor Monday morning that is 70 years overdue.

William Harris is part of a group that paved the way for racial equality in the armed forces.

The ceremony held at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe presented William Harris with a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal. It is an honor given to the African American recruits during World War II, at a time when they not only fought the enemy but also for racial equality.

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