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Montford Point Marines

Among the outstanding Marines in the original group of black Marines was Pfc. Walker Manley, formerly an organist of the Christian Church in Raleigh, N.C., and a demonstrator for the Hammond Organ Company, who served as a post organist at Camp Lejeune. In addition to being organist for the Montford Point chapel, he was also an organist for several of the chapels where white enlistees worshiped. 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 198 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:440775

VIRIN:420601-M-XX999-007

Resolution:560x434

Size:140.49 KB

Location:CAMP LEJEUNE, NC, USGlobe

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