MINNEAPOLIS –One of Minnesota’s oldest World War II veterans will be honored at Wednesday’s Twins game.
Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Hosea Roberson, 99, served in the Marines.
He’s gearing up for an honor worthy of a South Minneapolis native – hoisting the colors at a Minnesota Twins game.
Roberson will use this celebration of his service to remember the men he served with, many of whom died without recognition.
“At the time it was separate, so we had separate units,” Roberson said.
He was a sailor from Montford Point. Montford Point was established in 1945 to accommodate blacks in the Marine Corp.
Not only was Roberson fighting for victory in the war, he was also fighting for victory in the war at home – the battle against racism.
President Barack Obama honored Roberson and other Marines who served at Montfort Point with the Congressional Medal of Honor.
“There are some things you don’t bring out. There are some things you don’t mention,” Roberson said.
He only told his family that he had been drafted in 1943, assigned to the munitions division, which at the time was extremely dangerous work.
“He didn’t really talk about it. He just said, ‘Yes, I was a sergeant.’ He was a drill sergeant. He never went into detail,” his son Marcus Roberson said.
He shared his life motto: You must be faithful, you must tell the truth, you must stick to your work.
“Believe that,” Roberson said.
Believe that this member of the greatest generation is living life to the fullest, proud of the family he raised and the country he served.