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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

SgtMaj Gilbert Hubert Johnson

Interview with SgtMaj Gilbert H. "Hashmark" Johnson, USMC (Ret). Prior service background in Army and Navy; enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942; experiences in black boot camp at Montford Point; physical description of Montford Point Camp; description of black recruit training and services as Sergeant Major, Recruit Depot Battalion, 1943-1944; Sergeant Major, Montford Point Camp, 1945; overseas service as Sergeant Major, 52d Defense Battalion, Guam, 1945-1946; black experiences in postwar period, service at Montford Point and Naval Ammunition Depot, Earle, NJ, 1946-1947; service in Korea with 1st Marine Division, 1952; service with Force Troops, FMFLant, 1953-1954; final tour with 3d Marine Division in Japan, 1955-1956; general comments on black Marines during this period of service; background on the organization and functioning of the Montford Point Marine Association and its New River chapter. (Catalog numbers 14048A, 14048B).



Sgt Gilbert H. "Hashmark" Johnson, an Army and Navy veteran, became a Marine in 1942. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 5344.

"Hashmark" Johnson, shown posing with the mascot of the Montford Point Camp, became sergeant major of the 52d Defense Battalion on Guam in July 1945. (From: The Right to Fight: African-American Marines in World War II by Bernard C. Nalty)


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