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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Collection Overview

Elmer Bowen Collection

This is a single folder collection recounting Bowen's experiences in the Marine Corps during World War II highlighting his participation in the Battle of Iwo Jima. Of note also is a roster of the 1st Platoon Colored Marines at Montford Point, North Carolina. The roster is signed by every member of the platoon and provides basic biographical information on each man. Bowen was the drill instructor for the platoon. The collection includes 17 photographs taken on Iwo Jima and at Montford Point. (COLL/3739)

The Elmer Bowen Collection also includes an oral history interview.




"On July 1, 1941, I transferred to Montfort Point, NC near Jacksonville where I became a Drill Instructor to carry the 1st and 8th Platoon of colored Marines through boot camp, enjoying this part of my service very much. We had to stay neatly dressed at all times (and that was hard to do in the heat and humidity). We never knew when Eleanor Roosevelt or a congressman or Senator would show up for an inspection and to see how the colored Marines were progressing. These were the first colored men in the Marine Corps. They were eager to learn and our time was enjoyable, if boot camps can be enjoyable."

-Elmer Bowen


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