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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Montford Point Marine Day Montford Point Marine Day
The Congressional Gold Medal was presented to say thank you for both the example and the personal courage the Montford Point Marines set as well as the legacy they...
Montford Point Marine Biathlon Montford Point Marine Biathlon
Marines with The Basic School competed in the 2nd Annual Montford Point Marine Biathlon. Available in high definition.
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.
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.
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.
Montford Point Marines receive individual medals Montford Point Marines receive individual medals
The Marine Corps Commandant hostsa parade at Marine Barracks Washington for Congressional Gold Medal recipients, Montford Point Marines.
High honor for nation's first African American Marines High honor for nation's first African American Marines
Montford Point Marines received Congressional Gold Medals this week for their strength, bravery and determination. They trained in a segregated camp between 1942 and...
Montford Point Marines Congressional Gold Medal Parade, Part 1 Montford Point Marines Congressional Gold Medal...
The first African American Marines, also known as the Montford Point Marines, will receive the Congressional Gold Medal Wednesday, June 27 during a ceremony in...
Montford Point Marines receive Congressional Gold Medal 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...

Evening Parade Evening Parade
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Michael Regner, staff director, Headquarters Marine Corps, center, greets former Montford Point Marine 1st Sgt. George Kidd during an...
Evening Parade Evening Parade
The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, left, awards a certificate to former Montford Point Marine 1st Sgt. George Kidd during an Evening Parade...
Evening Parade Evening Parade
The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, left, awards a certificate to former Montford Point Marine 1st Sgt. George Kidd during an Evening Parade...
Montford Point Marines Day Ceremony Montford Point Marines Day Ceremony
Commander of Troops U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt Justin Selleaze (far right) an Instructor with Personnel Administration School at Marine Corps Combat Service...
Montford Point Marines Day Ceremony Montford Point Marines Day Ceremony
Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools Color Guard presents the colors during the Montford Point Marines Day Ceremony held aboard Camp Johnson, N.C. August 22,...
Montford Point Marines Day Ceremony Montford Point Marines Day Ceremony
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. David Jones, the Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools addresses guests during the Montford Point Marines Day...
Montford Point Marines Day Ceremony Montford Point Marines Day Ceremony
U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Terry V. Williams, the Commanding General for Marine Corps Recruit Depot/ Eastern Recruiting Region was the guest speaker and addresses...
Montford Point Marines Day Ceremony Montford Point Marines Day Ceremony
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. David Jones (center) the Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools attends the Montford Point Marines Day Ceremony...
Montford Point Marines Day Ceremony Montford Point Marines Day Ceremony
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. David Jones (far right) the Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools speaks to Erica L. James (center left) of the...
2nd Annual Montford Point Biathlon 2nd Annual Montford Point Biathlon
U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Melissa Cooling assigned to The Basic School (TBS), cleans her weapon before the 2nd Annual Montford Point Biathlon at Camp Barrett,...
2nd Annual Montford Point Biathlon 2nd Annual Montford Point Biathlon
U.S. Marines from The Basic School (TBS) prepare for 2nd Annual Montford Point Biathlon at Camp Barrett, Quantico, Va., July 25, 2014. The Montford Point Biathlon...
2nd Annual Montford Point Biathlon 2nd Annual Montford Point Biathlon
U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Garret Halverson with The Basic School (TBS), breaks down his rifle before the 2nd Annual Montford Point Biathlon at Camp Barrett, Quantico,...

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...