Rep. Mike Levin Honors African American Veteran as Constituent of the Month

February 28, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) announced local veteran Robert “Bob” Moore as his February Constituent of the Month in celebration of Black History Month. Bob Moore is one of the nation's first black men to serve in the Marine Corps. He is also the last surviving Montford Point Marine.

See below for Rep. Levin’s statement recognizing Robert “Bob” Moore in the Congressional Record:

“Madam Speaker, it is my honor to recognize a local veteran from my district, Robert “Bob” Moore, as my February Constituent of the Month. February is Black History Month, and it is only fitting to recognize Moore’s patriotism and perseverance in celebration. Robert Moore is one of the nation's first black men to serve in the Marine Corps and last surviving Montford Point Marine.

“During a time of extreme division, Robert Moore knew he had a calling to serve. As one of the nation's first black men to join the Marine Corps, he trained in all-white segregated base camps. Not only did he face racism and discrimination during his training, but he and the other black Marines also struggled with a lack of opportunity and ignorance towards their war-heroism. Yet he persisted, and in 2011 at the request of then-Marine Commandant James F. Amos, President Barack Obama authorized the award of the Congressional Gold Medal to all Montford Point Marines, including Robert Moore.

“I launched a Constituent of the Month program to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond to make our region and our country a stronger place for everyone to live and thrive. Moore is an exemplary model of perseverance, courage and honor. I thank him for being an esteemed resident of California’s 49th district, and I am honored to represent him.”

Representative Levin’s Constituent of the Month program recognizes outstanding North County San Diego and South Orange County Residents who have gone above and beyond to help their neighbors, give back to their community, and make the country stronger. Levin’s Constituent of the Month for January was Aiden Cohen, a 17-year old North County resident who heroically rushed to the aide of his next door neighbor, pulling him from his fire engulfed home. His Constituent of the Month for December was Chyanne Thomas, a Vista postal worker who found two missing children in a two-week span.

To nominate a resident of the 49th District to be the Constituent of the Month, fill out this nomination form.

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