The 52d Defense Battalion was briefly redesignated as the 3d Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion (Composite), during the post-WWII Marine Corps of May 1946 (no 3d AA insignia image available). Source: Condition Red: Marine Defense Battalions of World War II.
Oral History Overview
Arthur L. Sawyers (Catalog Number 6360)
Sawyers served in the Marine Corps from about 1945 to the early 1950s. The following are excerpts from his interview with the Marine Corps History Division - he explains many of the events during his service in the Marine Corps: Montford Point boot camp, communications school at Hadnot Point Camp Lejeune, serving in Guam, and the postwar Marine Corps in the United States.
Sawyers describes the training for black Marines at Montford Point boot camp, his duties with the 3d Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion and Headquarters Company at Montford Point as part of a malaria control unit, and duties as a military policeman at Earl, NJ in 1948. He describes being stationed on Guam alongside white Marines but still remaining segregated, the 5th Base Depot move to Barstow, and the end of segregation as the Korean conflict begins. He describes how he was chosen to be a firefighter at Barstow, and how black Marines were assigned to the fire department or security (military police) billets. (Catalog number 6360).
Arthur L. Sawyers Part I
Part 1 of Arthur Sawyers' official interview, discussing his experience as a Montford Point Marine.
Arthur L. Sawyers Part 2
Part 2 of Arthur Sawyers' interview with the Marine Corps History Division, detailing his experience as a Montford Point Marine (1947 and later).