Montford Point Marine

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.
https://www.savannahnow.com/story/news/2018/11/30/savannahs-first-black-police-officer-recognized-ceremony-by-georgia-association-of-chiefs-of-police/7954914007/

5 thoughts on “Montford Point Marine”

  1. Thanks for this story and of 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.
    https://www.savannahnow.com/story/news/2018/11/30/savannahs-first-black-police-officer-recognized-ceremony-by-georgia-association-of-chiefs-of-police/7954914007/

  2. The trains carrying Marines from the East coast to the west coast were integrated also. They were told
    you all are Marines, and were mixed together. Well if they stopped in a town with Jim Crow laws,
    all the Marines regardless of race would go into the “whites only” places. Well many fights erupted along the way. With Marines wanting to fight with the locals. It go so bad that when they stopped the
    Corps wouldn’t let Marines of the trains.
    I have read about this and neighbor who was at Iwo Jima told me it is a true story.

  3. These are the men who helped make America and the Marine Corps great, despite being treated with racism and abuse. I’m proud to know them not as African Americans but as American Marines, my brothers.

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