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.

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...
MGYSGT Brewer Street Renaming Ceremony MGYSGT Brewer Street Renaming Ceremony
Marines of Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow and family members of MGYSGT Brewer watch the unveiling of MGYSGT Brewer Street aboard MCLB Barstow on 5 March. MGYSGT...
Heritage Dinner Dance honors Montford Point Marines Heritage Dinner Dance honors Montford Point Marines
Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Bailey receives a donation toward the Montford Point Marines Memorial Project during the Montford Point Marine Association’s 26th annual Heritage...
Heritage Dinner Dance honors Montford Point Marines Heritage Dinner Dance honors Montford Point Marines
Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Bailey receives a gift during the Montford Point Marine Association’s 26th annual Heritage Dinner Dance at the Marston Pavilion aboard Marine...
African-American History Round Table Discussion African-American History Round Table Discussion
Master Sergeant Adner Batts Jr. (retired) (far left), Master Sergeant Turner Blount (retired) (center), Norman Preston (retired) (right) and Gunnery Sergeant Francis...
African-American History Round Table Discussion African-American History Round Table Discussion
Master Sergeant Turner Blount (retired) (center), and Norman Preston (retired) (right) shake hands during the African-American History Month roundtable Discussion...
African-American History Round Table Discussion African-American History Round Table Discussion
Master Sergeant Adner Batts Jr. (retired) (far left), Master Sergeant Turner Blount (retired) (left), Norman Preston (retired) (right) and Gunnery Sergeant Francis...
African-American History Round Table Discussion African-American History Round Table Discussion
Sergeant Major Rodney A. Robinson, Sergeant Major, Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools (MCCSSS) (left), presents gifts to the Montford Point Marines at the...
African-American History Round Table Discussion African-American History Round Table Discussion
Colonel Paul Bertholf (far left), Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools (MCCSSS) speaks to the Montford Point Marines as they are presented...
Road to equality in Marine Corps remembered Road to equality in Marine Corps remembered
Alford L. McMichael, 14th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps retired, was the first African-American Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps on July 1, 1999. He later...
Road to equality in Marine Corps remembered Road to equality in Marine Corps remembered
African-American recruits maneuver through an obstacle course during Marine Corps recruit training in the mid-1940s aboard Montford Point now Marine Corps Base Camp...
Congressional Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony Congressional Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony
Congressional Gold Medals are staged prior to them being awarded to two of the original Montford Point Marines, Private First Class Charles H. Moore (not pictured)...

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 Association shares story with MCAS New River Montford Point Marines Association shares story...
Veterans from the Montford Point Marines Association shared the poignant history of the Montford Point Marines with Marines aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River...

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...