The Marines of Montford Point: America's First Black Marines

The Marines of Montford Point: America's First Black Marines

Melton A. McLaurin / Jan 20, 2020

The Marines of Montford Point America s First Black Marines With an executive order from President Franklin Roosevelt in the United States Marine Corps the last all white branch of the U S military was forced to begin recruiting and enlisting African Ame

  • Title: The Marines of Montford Point: America's First Black Marines
  • Author: Melton A. McLaurin
  • ISBN: 9780807861769
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Paperback
  • With an executive order from President Franklin Roosevelt in 1941, the United States Marine Corps the last all white branch of the U.S military was forced to begin recruiting and enlisting African Americans The first black recruits received basic training at the segregated Camp Montford Point, adjacent to Camp Lejeune, near Jacksonville, North Carolina Between 1942 anWith an executive order from President Franklin Roosevelt in 1941, the United States Marine Corps the last all white branch of the U.S military was forced to begin recruiting and enlisting African Americans The first black recruits received basic training at the segregated Camp Montford Point, adjacent to Camp Lejeune, near Jacksonville, North Carolina Between 1942 and 1949 when the base was closed as a result of President Truman s 1948 order fully desegregating all military forces than 20,000 men trained at Montford Point, most of them going on to serve in the Pacific Theatre in World War II as members of support units This book, in conjunction with the documentary film of the same name, tells the story of these Marines for the first time.Drawing from interviews with 60 veterans, The Marines of Montford Point relates the experiences of these pioneers in their own words From their stories, we learn about their reasons for enlisting their arrival at Montford Point and the training they received there their lives in a segregated military and in the Jim Crow South their experiences of combat and service in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam and their legacy The Marines speak with flashes of anger and humor, sometimes with sorrow, sometimes with great wisdom, and always with a pride fostered by incredible accomplishment in the face of adversity This book serves to recognize and to honor the men who desegregated the Marine Corps and loyally served their country in three major wars.With an executive order from President Franklin Roosevelt in 1941, the United States Marine Corps the last all white branch of the U.S military was forced to begin recruiting and enlisting African Americans The first black recruits received basic training at the segregated Camp Montford Point, adjacent to Camp Lejeune, near Jacksonville, North Carolina This book, in conjunction with the documentary film of the same name, tells the story of these pioneering African American Marines Drawing from interviews with 60 veterans, Melton McLaurin relates in the Marines own words their reasons for enlisting their arrival at Montford Point and the training they received there their lives in a segregated military and in the Jim Crow South their experiences of combat and service in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam and their legacy This book serves to recognize and to honor the men who desegregated the Marine Corps and loyally served their country in three major wars.

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      • Melton A. McLaurin

        Melton Alonza McLaurin received his Ph.D in American history from the University of South Carolina in 1967 and taught at the University of South Alabama prior to joining the UNCW department of history as chairperson in 1977 From 1996 until 2003 he served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, retiring in 2004 He is the author or co author of nine books and numerous articles on various aspects of the history of the American South and race relations.


    926 Comments

    1. In 1941 President Roosevelt issued an order for the Marine Corps to begin accepting African Americans for the first time since the American Revolution. One year later Camp Montford Point, located next to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, was opened as a segregated training facility. This book describes the experience of the African Americans through a collection of firsthand accounts.With America committed to World War II young men entered the thought process as to which branch of service they wou [...]


    2. Probably mostly interesting to people who are doing either black history or WWII research. I liked hearing the words of the people interviewed (though why they recorded them, transcribed them, and then had actors read them I don't know), and there was a lot of interesting stories and voices, but the content was repetitive and somewhat limited.The bridging material by McLaurin didn't help this, as it was deeply rahrah marine corps, and fairly shallow, often just reiterating what the men themselve [...]


    3. Personal.I have been to Camp Johnson for training and never knew of its history. This recollection of stories provided by African American Marines that served before me makes me feel proud that I made the Marines a career. It also gives me another reason to be proud of the choice I made to stay Marine.


    4. This book contains a lot of interesting and eye-opening anecdotes (presented verbatim) about the Marines, race relations in the armed services, prevailing societal attitudes about race when the Montford Point Marines enlisted, and the experiences of black Marines in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. So in that regard, it is a five-star book. But unfortunately, the style of the book is not my favorite. It is presented as a series of anecdotes from different Montford Point Marines. There is some general h [...]


    5. As a (White) Marine I found this book to be a real eye-opener. I have read many books by Marines, and about Marines, and many were informative as well as entertaining. This book revealed aspects of the Marine Corps that I was completely ignorant of. Such as there being almost no Black Marines prior to WW 2, and when Black Americans were allowed to join in the early 1940's it was only to be part of a segregated Marine Corps. This book is basically the transcribed accounts of Black Marines who wer [...]


    6. This book was written by author Melton A. Mclaurin who takes us into the life and time of the very first African American Marines. As many of us know, there was a point in time in this countries history.Where minorities were enslaved and thought to be less than human. African people in this country for a very long time were treated as cattle, believed to maybe even be cursed because of the color of their skin. The powers that be kept Black people in oppression through segregation, and other thin [...]


    7. FDR ordered the Marines to accept black men with the entry of America into World War II. Segregated from the white marines, these men were trained at Montford Point in North Carolina. McLaurin interviewed these marines about their experiences enlisting, training and fighting with the marines.Why I started this book: I'm working my way thru the Navy's recommended reading, searching for the books that are on audio.Why I finished it: This book's audio format reminded me of War Letters: Extraordinar [...]


    8. This had some amazing stories about a profoundly important time in our history, told by the participants, interspersed with historical background. I HATE that the author chose to use the interviews with the Marines word for word. These 60-70 year old gentlemen were speaking of a time when their life was chaos. I think its safe to assume their sentences would be incomplete and sometimes repetitive. I re-read the whole book six months later and highlighted the highlights for my son who was at Mont [...]


    9. The story of the Montford Point Marines is one of exceptional courage and honor in the face of overwhelming adversity, at home and aboard. It is a story that all Marines should know and should serve as a point of reflection; how can we continue to improve the state of the Corps so that it lives up to the legacy of those who came before?The stories herein are terrific, but because they are organized by topic rather than person, a coherent picture is tough to realize. Lots of great anecdotes and i [...]


    10. "The Marines of Montford Point" was a book written from interviews conducted for a documentary. The book is written exactly as the men spoke, some parts were hard to read. This really opens your eyes to the way the Marine Corps operated and how segregation really played a role on the Corps. This book really helps to appreciate what the men went through for all Americans now. Highly recommend this book for others to read.


    11. Really great stories. This isn't so much a history as a collection of stories. The audiobook version uses multiple voice actors to give each man a distinct voice, which adds a lot to the telling. There is a lot more to be told, as this gives brief pieces of the history to frame the stories the men tell. The men range from very articulate to some which seem uneducated. All are interesting, and have a unique style and rhythm. A good little tidbit of World War II history.


    12. This is a valuable resource for those who study World War II and/or the history of the Marine Corps. However, it is mostly transcriptions of interviews conducted with the men who trained at Montford Point in the 1940's and some were not as educated as others, so their stories are not as easy to understand.


    13. An amazing oral history of the Marines of Montford Point -- their story, told in their words -- a history of the first black Marines during the time of Jim Crowe and government sanctioned segregation. A must read for sure.


    14. It's an important story of the first black marines but the poor grammar transcribed in the first person accounts of these marines makes it a hard read.



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