Montford Point Marines

Montford Point Marines


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In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established a presidential directive allowing African Americans to be recruited in the Marine Corps. African American recruits were not trained at Parris Island or San Diego, but were segregated and received basic training at Montford Point, a facility at Camp Lejeune, N.C. From 1942-1949, approximately 20,000 African American recruits received training at Montford Point during World War II. The original intent was to discharge these Marines after the war, but they proved themselves just as capable as all other Marines, regardless of race, color or creed. In July 1948, President Harry S. Truman issued Executive Order 9981 negating segregation, and in September 1949, Montford Point was deactivated ending seven years of segregation. The camp was renamed Camp Johnson after Sgt. Maj. Gilbert "Hashmark" Johnson, one of the first African Americans to join the Marine Corps.

In 2011, Gen Amos pressed for the surviving members to receive the Congressional Gold Medal (CGM), the nation's highest civilian award. The vote passed in the House and the Senate in time for the 236th Marine Corps Birthday, and the bill was signed by the President before Thanksgiving. The award ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. on June 27 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. At this ceremony, one CGM will be accepted on behalf of all Montford Point Marines. This medal will reside at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. A second ceremony is schedule for 9 a.m. on June 28 at Marine Barracks Washington. At this ceremony and parade, the Montford Point Marines present will each receive a bronze replica of the CGM.

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Commitment Commitment
Personal Story of a 0311 Marine Wounded in Combat and his 6 year struggle to overcome his injuries and return to active duty as a personnel administrative clerk....
Marines of Beirut Marines of Beirut
Short documentary told by two Beirut Marine Veterans. This video will educate the viewing audience about the historical events that occurred on 23 October, 1983, at...
Camp Johnson, Lejeune Recognizes Montford Point Marines Camp Johnson, Lejeune Recognizes Montford Point Marines
Montford Point Marines and family members were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their outstanding service in the Marine Corps, Aug. 26.
Logistics Operations School Documentary Logistics Operations School Documentary
On 1 August, 2013, a short documentary was produced by Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools, Combat Camera, Camp Johnson, NC, to educate and inform all Marines...
Ship Named for First African-American Marines Sets Sail Ship Named for First African-American Marines Sets Sail
2013 - The Navy's first Mobile Landing Platform, USNS Montford Point, is sailing for Everett, WA, while technicians on board check out the new ship's systems.
MCCSSS Instructor of the Year 2012 MCCSSS Instructor of the Year 2012
Interview with GySgt Juan Ortegon, Personnel Administration School Instructor and MCCSSS INstructor of the year. Video project manager/editor GySgt M. Blaha....
Marine Corps Customs and Courtesies Marine Corps Customs and Courtesies
This video is intended to reinforce Marine Corps Customs and Courtesies by presenting scenarios that provide the basis for a guided discussion. (Sgt Michael Juneau,...
Marine Corps Water Survival School Marine Corps Water Survival School
Highlights the importance of water survival during operations and excercises by reviewing historical and current combat operations that required Marines to negotiate...
Ground Supply School Documentary Ground Supply School Documentary
Multimedia package containing a short documentary was produced by Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools, Combat Camera, Camp Johnson, NC, to educate and inform...
USS Montford Point Christened USS Montford Point Christened
The Navy's first mobile landing platform ship, USS Montford Point, was christened over the weekend.
TPC News: Montford Point Marine Receives Congressional Gold Medal TPC News: Montford Point Marine Receives...
Winston Burns helped break color barriers when he became one of the Montford Point Marines in 1943. Today he is one of only 420 or so still living. This week he...
Montford Point Marines Ceremony Montford Point Marines Ceremony
B-roll of the Montford Point Marines Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony held at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Available in high definition.

Mobile Landing Platform ship USNS Montford Point (MLP-1), RIMPAC 2014 Mobile Landing Platform ship USNS Montford Point...
Marine Corps Amphibious Assault Vehicles disembark from a Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 onto the Mobile Landing Platform...
Mobile Landing Platform ship USNS Montford Point (MLP-1), RIMPAC 2014 Mobile Landing Platform ship USNS Montford Point...
Marine Corps Amphibious Assault Vehicles embark onto a Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 for transport to the Mobile Landing...
Mobile Landing Platform ship USNS Montford Point (MLP-1), RIMPAC 2014 Mobile Landing Platform ship USNS Montford Point...
A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 transports Marine Corps Amphibious Assault Vehicles to the Mobile Landing Platform ship USNS...
Mobile Landing Platform ship USNS Montford Point (MLP-1), RIMPAC 2014 Mobile Landing Platform ship USNS Montford Point...
A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 transports Marine Corps Amphibious Assault Vehicles to the Mobile Landing Platform ship USNS...
Mobile Landing Platform ship USNS Montford Point (MLP-1), RIMPAC 2014 Mobile Landing Platform ship USNS Montford Point...
A Marine Corps Amphibious Assault Vehicle launches from the well deck of the Mobile Landing Platform ship USNS Montford Point (MLP-1) as part of an amphibious...
2nd Supply Bn., Montford Point Marines linked in new unit logo 2nd Supply Bn., Montford Point Marines linked in...
The new battalion logo for 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group bears the phrase, "Legacy of Montford Point," to represent the battalion's unique link to...
2nd Supply Bn., Montford Point Marines linked in new unit logo 2nd Supply Bn., Montford Point Marines linked in...
Members of the Montford Point Marine Association sit in attendance during the unveiling ceremony for the new logo of 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group...
2nd Supply Bn., Montford Point Marines linked in new unit logo 2nd Supply Bn., Montford Point Marines linked in...
Lt. Col. Jesse Kemp, the commanding officer of 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, unveils his battalion's new logo during a ceremony at Camp Lejeune,...
2nd Supply Bn., Montford Point Marines linked in new unit logo 2nd Supply Bn., Montford Point Marines linked in...
Dr. James Averhart Jr., the national president of the Montford Point Marine Association, speaks during a ceremony unveiling a new logo for 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd...
2nd Supply Bn., Montford Point Marines linked in new unit logo 2nd Supply Bn., Montford Point Marines linked in...
A member of the Montford Point Marine Association stands in the background of the new battalion logo for 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group during a...
2nd Supply Bn., Montford Point Marines linked in new unit logo 2nd Supply Bn., Montford Point Marines linked in...
Lt. Col. Jesse Kemp (left), the commanding officer of 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, and Dr. James Averhart Jr., the national president of the...
MGYSGT Brewer Street Renaming Ceremony MGYSGT Brewer Street Renaming Ceremony
Colonel Michael Scalise, Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, addresses the audience of the MGYSGT Brewer Street Renaming Ceremony aboard MCLB...

2nd Supply Bn., Montford Point Marines linked in new unit logo 2nd Supply Bn., Montford Point Marines linked in...
The Marine Corps opened its doors to the first African-American recruits more than seven decades ago. Even in the face of expanding fascist threats on two fronts...
Heritage Dinner Dance honors Montford Point Marines Heritage Dinner Dance honors Montford Point Marines
The legacy of the 20,000 service members who overcame discrimination to train at Montford Point was honored with stirring speeches during the 26th annual Heritage...
The Marines of Montford Point: Museum honors legacy The Marines of Montford Point: Museum honors legacy
With African American History Month in full swing, it is important, especially for service members, to remember the people who paved the way for African American...

Montford Point Marines receive Congressional Gold Medal
The Original Montford Point Marines, the corps' first black unit formed in 1942 during World War II, are honored with the Congressional Gold Medal. Approximately...
John Tilghman
Retired Marine John Tilghman talks to a Columbia Missourian reporter about his career in the Marine Corps and being a member of the Montford Point Marines during WWII.
Carrel Reavis
Retired Marine Carrel Reavis from San Diego, Calif. talks to a San Diego Union Tribune reporter about his career in the Marine Corps, being one of the Montford Point...