About Montford Point Marines
From 1942-1949, approximately 20,000 African-American men enlisted in the Marine Corps and completed segregated boot camp at Montford Point Camp, Jacksonville, NC. Many of these Marines served with distinction during a number of World War II's bloodiest struggles, making the ultimate sacrifice, while others continued their service into Korea and Vietnam.
These pioneering African-American Marines added to the rich history of the Marine Corps and paved the way for future service members of all backgrounds - men and women alike - to serve with distinction.
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CMC Addresses Montford Point Marine Association
Gen James Amos, 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, speaks about the Montford Point Marines at the event marking the 68th anniversary of the first African-American recruit in the United States Marine Corps. (August 26, 2010)
Our featured item is a collection of documents, photographs, and a yearbook that chronicles Joseph Carpenter's service as a Montford Point Marine. (COLL/5199)