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Montford Point Marines

New recruits learn to drill. Breaking a tradition of 167 years, the U.S. Marine Corps enlisted blacks, June 1, 1942. The first class of 1,200 black volunteers began their training three months later as members of the 51st Composite Defense Battalion at Montford Point, a section of the 200-square-miles Marine Base, Camp Lejeune, N.C. (Photo by Roger Smith)



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This work, Montford Point Marines [Image 201 of 204], by LCpl Kris Daberkoe, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:06.01.1942

Date Posted:08.09.2011 11:58

Photo ID:440772

VIRIN:420601-M-XX999-004

Resolution:560x419

Size:182.19 KB

Location:CAMP LEJEUNE, NC, USGlobe

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