Thanks for this story and your experience of meeting this extraordinary gentleman and Marine. My, Montford Point Marine story.
In 1969, I joined a police dept. here in Ga., and became friends with the only Black Sgt., with this agency. This Sgt. was one of them, which became known as “The original 9 “, the first Black officers hired in Ga. Later, as Marines will often do, start talking about our Marine past. I learned He Sgt. White, was in the group of the first Marines at Montford Point.
This Marine is still alive. I believe he’s 98.
Original Montford Point Marine Celebrates 90 Years of Life
White made Marine Corps history as an Original Montford Point Marine; one of the ‘Chosen Few’ who served at the segregated Montford Point Camp during WWII during the years 1942-1949. During a time when racial tensions were high and segregation was commonplace, Mr. White volunteered to serve in the Corps, integrating the service branch; an act which would later prove not only historical but legendary.