James Ferguson Collection, 1942-1945 (COLL/2457)
The James H. Ferguson memoir entitled "The Story of the Ninth Marine Depot Company" is part autobiography and part history of Montford Point and the 9th Marine Depot Company. Ferguson provides details to his enlistment attempts in the United States Army; his motivation to join the Marine Corps; experiences with race/racism/Jim Crow in civilian life and Marine Corps service; the concept of race as it applied to "light skinned" Hispanics; his boxing career in the 9th Depot Company; and the duties of the 9th Depot Company at New Calonia, Guadalcanal and Okinawa.
Although not overly detailed in treatment, Ferguson's memoir offers a glimpse into the theme of race and racism in the Marine Corps. Ferguson prefaces the memoir by stating "it is not my intention to criticize the Marines, but the truth has to be told as to the way it was at that time." On occasion Ferguson indicated that some details are lost to his memory but he also indicated that the memoir was written largely from a diary that he kept during his service. The memoir was published in 1996 and is 74 pages. Low resolution black and white images are provided at the end of the memoir.
Excerpt from The Story of the Ninth Marine Depot Company
Three-page excerpt concerning travel to and experiences at Montford Point from Ferguson's memoir titled The Story of the Ninth Marine Depot Company.