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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John Griffin Collection (COLL/3059)

"My Life in the Marine Corps," a 20 page manuscript, is the base of this collection, which chronicles the 27 months Griffin served in the Marine Corps, beginning with his induction in Chicago 18 December 1943 to discharge 22 June 1946. Described are conditions at Montfort Point Camp Lejeune, NC,  transfer from the east coast to Camp Pendleton 19 June 1944 with the 52nd Defense Battalion, and move to Honolulu, Roi-Namr in the Marshall Islands, Guam and return to the US 26 March 1946.  Also included are 3 photos of Cpl Griffin, and a few items of correspondence relative to his account by the Historical Division, HQMC.


Excerpt from My Life in the Marine Corps

Ten-page excerpt concerning enlistment in the Marine Corps and experiences at Montford Point from Griffin's manuscript titled My Life in the Marine Corps.


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