Bowen, ElmerCarpenter, JosephFerguson, JamesGriffin, JohnMack, LeroyMartis, AlbertPerry, WilmoreRhett, Herman
Bowen, ElmerBrewer, HerbertDarden, HermanDurden, RolandHuff, Edgar R.Ives, MarianJohnson, Alex, Jr.Johnson, Gilbert H.Little, RobertSawyers, Arthur L.Sneed, Norman
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Montford Point Marines 1942-1949  

From 1942-1949, appx. 20,000 African-American men enlisted in the Marine Corps. This guide highlights select archival resources concerning the Montford Point Marines & their contribution to Marine Corps history.
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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.

Use this research guide to learn more about Montford Point Marines through:

  • Images, maps and video
  • Books and official Marine Corps documents
  • Manuscript collections and oral histories
  • Interactive timeline


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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)

Featured Item

Joseph Carpenter Collection, 1943-1946

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)

MPMA, Inc.

The Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. is the official website of the Montford Point Marines.


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