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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Two Marines were presented Congressional Gold Medals today in an awards ceremony honoring their service and contribution to the Corps during a time of segregation.
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Murphy High School football Team Talks Discipline On and Off Gridiron with Marine Veteran Murphy High School football Team Talks Discipline...
Players from Murphy High School’s football team took a break from their battle on the gridiron Thursday to hear from a true Marine Veteran.
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Two Marines were posthumously the Congressional gold Medal for their service during an award ceremony Wednesday, August 12, 2015 in Mobile, Ala.
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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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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.
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.
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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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USS Montford Point Christened USS Montford Point Christened
The Navy's first mobile landing platform ship, USS Montford Point, was christened over the weekend.

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These Congressional Gold Medals were awarded to the families of Montford Point Marines Methone Cunningham and Thomas Reed during the 50th Anniversary of the Montford...
Senior ROK-N official visits USNS Montford Point Senior ROK-N official visits USNS Montford Point
BUSAN, Republic of Korea – Civilian mariner Captain Kurt N. Kleinschmidt, USNS Montford Point (MLP 1) master, explains the mobile landing platform operations to...
Senior ROK-N official visits USNS Montford Point Senior ROK-N official visits USNS Montford Point
BUSAN, Republic of Korea – Vice Adm. Hyun-Seong Um, commander Republic of Korea Fleet, ROK Navy, is greeted by U.S. Navy Cmdr. Eric J. St. Peter, commanding...
Senior ROK-N official visits USNS Montford Point Senior ROK-N official visits USNS Montford Point
BUSAN, Republic of Korea – Vice Adm. Hyun-Seong Um, commander Republic of Korea Fleet, ROK Navy, discusses mobile landing platform operations with U.S. Navy Capt....
High School senior receives MPMA Covington-Hagan Scholarship High School senior receives MPMA Covington-Hagan...
Kai William Davis, right center, a student at Louisville Male High School, poses for a photo with Brig. Gen. Craig Q. Timberlake, far left, his father, his...
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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...

Senior ROK-N official visits USNS Montford Point Senior ROK-N official visits USNS Montford Point
A senior official from the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy visited one of Military Sealift Command’s newest class of Maritime Prepositioning Force ships, the Mobile...
High School senior receives MPMA Covington-Hagan Scholarship High School senior receives MPMA Covington-Hagan...
In an effort to encourage the pursuit of higher education in the local African-American community, the Montford Point Marine Association (MPMA), Louisville Chapter...
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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...

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...