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 Sgt. Hiram L. Knowles was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his honorable service during the Era of World War II on Feb. 7, 2015 at the...
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Montford Point Marine Sgt. Hiram L. Knowles was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his honorable service during the Era of World War II on Feb. 7, 2015 at the...
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Marines with The Basic School competed in the 2nd Annual Montford Point Marine Biathlon. Available in high definition.
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Montford Point Marines and family members were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their outstanding service in the Marine Corps, Aug. 26.
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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.
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The Navy's first mobile landing platform ship, USS Montford Point, was christened over the weekend.
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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...
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B-roll of the Montford Point Marines Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony held at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Available in high definition.
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The Marine Corps Commandant hostsa parade at Marine Barracks Washington for Congressional Gold Medal recipients, Montford Point Marines.
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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...

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Sgt. Maj. Benjamin Pangborn greets Maria Myers during the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Volunteer Appreciation Lunch at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point,...
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Col. Chris Pappas III speaks to an audience of Marines, Sailors and civilian volunteers during the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Volunteer Appreciation Lunch at...
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Surviving Montford Point Marines attend a ceremony for Sgt. Hiram L. Knowles to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Feb. 7, 2015. Knowles was one of over 400...
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Hiram Knowles is awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Feb. 7, 2015 for his honorable service as a Montford Point Marine. Knowles was one of over 400 Montford Point...
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Hiram Knowles is presented a citation from the President of the United States, Barack Obama, during his award ceremony of receiving the Congressional Gold Medal....
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Hiram Knowles poses for a photo at the conclusion a ceremony to award him the Congressional Gold Medal on Feb.7, 2015. Knowles was one of over 400 Montford Point...
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Hiram Knowles, along with fellow Montford Point Marines and supporters, pose for a photo at the conclusion of the ceremony for Knowles receiving the Congressional...
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Poster designed by Peter Hemmer for the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.
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Col. Mike Henderson, commander, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, applauds during celebration of the Marine Corps' 239th birthday Nov. 1, 2014, in Arlington, Va....
Marines celebrate 239 years Marines celebrate 239 years
Marines from Headquarters and Service Battalion, Headquarters Marine Corps, Henderson Hall gathered at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, Va., Nov. 1,...
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...

Relief Society recognizes Marines, Sailors Relief Society recognizes Marines, Sailors
Marines, Sailors and civilians gathered for an award ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Feb. 10, celebrating the efforts of more than 60...
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Montford Point Marine Sgt. Hiram L. Knowles was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his honorable service during the Era of World War II on Feb. 7, 2015 at the...
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Each February, Americans pause to celebrate the men and women who fought against discrimination, segregation and injustice to achieve equality and create change in...

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...