Ninety-one-year-old James Rundles of Jackson was presented the Congressional Gold Medal at his home in Jackson Wednesday. The award is the highest civilian honor presented by Congress.
Rundles was honored for his service as one of the first black Marines to integrate the U.S. Armed Services in 1942.
He was one of the original black Marines who were not allowed to train at Camp Lejeune, N.C. They were sent to Montford Point Camp, a part of Camp Lejeune, for separate training.
Captain Kevin Stuart of the Marine detachment in Jackson presented the medal to Rundles.
"These were not only marines fighting for their country, but they were also engineers for civil liberties. This recognition has been long overdue," said Stuart.
Rundles was also honored for his service on Iwo Jima as a Marine Sergeant. He remembers the raising of the U.S. Flag on Iwo Jima in famous photograph by Joe Rosenthal.
"War is hell and I walked over dead bodies, going ashore. That's the main thing that I remember, aside from the fact that flag went up and we won," said Rundles. "I saw the flag go up, I saw it when they raised it."
Rundles became the first black aide to former Mayor Dale Danks in Jackson and later to Governor Bill Waller. Supervisor Kenneth Stokes, city councilman Frank Bluntson, and former Jackson State president, Dr. John Peoples, who was also one of the first black marines, were present at Rundles' home on Watson Street for the ceremony.
Sunday, December 8 2013 1:53 AM EST2013-12-08 06:53:41 GMT
TONIGHT, FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF DESTINEE FORD HELD A CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL IN HER HONOR. THE 15 YEAR OLD WAS SHOT AND KILLED THURSDAY, JUST AS AN INNOCENT BYSTANDER TO A FIGHT. MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE GATHEREDMore >>
Saturday night, family and friends of Destinee Ford held a candle light vigil in her honor. The 15- year- old was shot and killed Thursday, as an innocent bystander to a fight.More >>
Saturday, December 7 2013 9:08 PM EST2013-12-08 02:08:24 GMT
A driver, going the wrong way on a Vicksburg highway, led police and sheriff's deputies on quite a chase Friday night. It started on Highway 61 sometime before 11 when the driver of a white Chevy truckMore >>
A driver, going the wrong way on a Vicksburg highway, led police and sheriff's deputies on quite a chase Friday night.More >>
Saturday, December 7 2013 9:02 PM EST2013-12-08 02:02:08 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Shelby County remains in a state of emergency Saturday evening. Emergency management officials say they are keeping a close eye on conditions and fear the worst is yet to come. They say whenMore >>
Emergency management officials say they are keeping a close eye on conditions and fear the worst is yet to come.
They say when storms come in waves, the second round can be much worse because of what is already on the ground. More >>
Saturday, December 7 2013 10:53 PM EST2013-12-08 03:53:36 GMT
Bull fighting, a sport famous in Spain, Latin America and Mexico, was enjoyed by Mississippi audiences Saturday night. A small crowd attended the event at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center. ProfessionalMore >>
Bull fighting, a sport famous in Spain, Latin America and Mexico, was enjoyed by Mississippi audiences Saturday night.More >>
Authorities say a bar owner in Nashville told police he shot a country music singer in self-defense at his club.More >>
A downtown bar owner told police he fatally shot a country music singer in self-defense after the two got into an argument over the musician smoking a cigarette in a no-smoking area, authorities said.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 12:42 AM EST2013-12-04 05:42:35 GMT
MADISON COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – A mother is facing charges after she allegedly left her children in a bedroom with drugs and a corpse. According to Richmond police, around 8:30 a.m. on November 30 officersMore >>
According to Richmond police, around 8:30 a.m. on November 30 officers responded to a home in Dixie Plaza on a report a 24-year-old man had overdosed.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 11:19 PM EST2013-12-07 04:19:32 GMT
Dozens of upset individuals have taken to social media to express anger over a major airline's alleged treatment of a World War II veteran believed to have been on his way to Hawaii for a remembrance ceremonyMore >>
Dozens of upset individuals have taken to social media to express anger over a major American airline's alleged treatment of a World War II veteran believed to have been on his way to Hawaii for a remembrance ceremony at Pearl Harbor.More >>
A storm system that spread snow, sleet and freezing rain widely across the nation's midsection is headed toward the densely populated Eastern seaboard promising more of the same.More >>
A powerful storm that crept across the country dumped a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region and headed northeast Sunday, turning NFL playing fields in Pennsylvania into winter wonderlands,...More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 7:56 PM EST2013-12-07 00:56:33 GMT
Former WLBT meteorologist Eric Law is being held at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl. A Madison County Judge sentenced Law to 20 years in prison, with 12 suspended and eight toMore >>
Former WLBT meteorologist Eric Law is being held at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl.More >>
WLBT 3 - Fox 40
715 South Jefferson Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201