May 20th : First African-American in New England to Receive the French Legion of Honor Medal
On Massachusetts Lafayette Day (May 20th), Mr. Christophe Guilhou, Consul General of France in Boston, will award the first African-American from New England with France’s Legion of Honor Medal.
Long time Boston resident, business leader and war hero, Marvin Gilmore, Jr. will be honored for his service in the 458th, Battery ‘A’ Anti-Aircraft Artillery (Automatic Weapons) Battalion and served on D-Days Normandy, Utah and Omaha Beaches.
In addition, Gilmore Jr. will be awarded several Good Conduct Medals, including the American Campaign Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal & Bronze Star Attachment, World War II Victory Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWI, Sharpshooter Badge & Rifle Bar.
Since 1973, Gilmore Jr. has served as the President & CEO of the Community Development Corporation of Boston, Inc., a community-based, private, non-profit economic development organization. Prior to joining the CDC, Gilmore Jr. co-founded the first Black-owned and operated commercial bank in Boston, the Unity Bank and Trust Company in Roxbury. Gilmore Jr. currently resides in Cambridge.