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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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Oral History Overview

Col Herbert L. Brewer

Col Brewer describes his service in the Marine Corps in World War II and experiences as one of the first African-American Marine officers. This includes family background, decision to join the Marine Corps, boot camp at Montford Point, drill instructors, defense battalion, anti-aircraft gunnery, deployment to the Pacific in the Ellice Islands, relationships with white Marines, attitudes, and treatment, selection for officers training, V-12 program at Purdue University, memories of Fred Branch (who was the very first black officer in the Marine Corps), training at the Basic School prior to the Korean War, activation for Korean War, service at Camp Pendleton, after Korea joining a Philadelphia Reserve unit (VTU 4-9) and later another one in San Antonio.

Brewer's interview provides good detail on Montford Point boot camp experiences, the rifle range, and discussion of aspects of segregation and racial issues.


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