The Marine Legacy of Montford Point

WASHINGTON — Every Marine remembers their arrival at recruit training. Marines shared feelings of fear, anxiety and doubt when faced with the challenges of boot camp. The Marines of Montford Point faced even greater obstacles than the rigorous training of the average recruit. These brave men broke through racial discrimination to become one of the few and the proud: the first African American Marines.

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos honored the surviving Montford Point Marines in a formal salute at the Marine Barracks Washington Evening Parade Aug. 26, 2011. Last year, congress declared this day as ‘Montford Point Marine Day’ to honor the anniversary of the first African American recruits’ arrival for basic training at Montford Point, N.C., in 1942.

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