Montford Marine Discussion
In honor of the Montford Point Marines, and in the spirit of Black History Month, the Center for Social Justice and Inclusion/Veteran Affairs and the Marine Corps League is hosting an event that will offer insight to the first African-Americans who enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Following an Executive Order establishing the Fair Employment Practices Commission in June 1941 by President Franklin Roosevelt, black Marine recruits trained at Camp Montford Point in Jacksonville, NC from August 26, 1942, until the camp was decommissioned on September 9, 1949. The largest number of black Marines to serve in combat during WWII took part in the seizure of Okinawa, with approximately 2,000 seeing action.
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