MONTFORD POINT MARINE ASSOCIATION INC,

NEW YORK METRO CHAPTER - 3

HISTORY

 

The Montford Point Marine Association is proud to be a part of the “Marine Corps family”.  The United States Marine Corps has served our country in peace and war since 1775.  The Marine Corps continues to serve the nation as a force in readiness today, prepared to go wherever the national interest requires. The Corps has had the finest young Americans throughout its proud history.  These Marines have made the Corps one of the world's most respected military organizations.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Congress decided that a longstanding policy, which had denied participation of a large segment of the population from active or inactive service in the Corps, should be abolished.

As a result of a presidential directive, black men were recruited for duty with the Marine Corps.  These men of color from all states were trained at Montford Point, a part of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, the largest Marine base in the eastern United States.

When integration in the Armed Forces became a reality via national legislation, approximately twenty thousand Black Marines received “boot training” at Montford Point Camp from 1942 to 1949.

In the summer of 1965, twenty years after World War II, an enterprising group of Marine veterans from the Philadelphia areas formulated and developed plans to hold a national reunion of Montford Pointers.

The late Attorney Cecil B. Moore, then president of the largest chapter of the NAACP and later a Philadelphia City Councilman, was a member of this founding group.

On September 17th and l8th, at the Adelphia Hotel in downtown Philadelphia, over 400 former Marines, retired and active duty Marines, representing 17 states, attended this reunion. The fervid response led to the establishment of the Montford Point Marine Association, Inc., a non-profit veteran organization, chartered in Pennsylvania. Chapters were immediately organized in 11 major cities.

The first National Convention was held in Chicago in August 1966. The late Senator Paul Douglas, a Marine veteran of World War II and Senatorial candidate Mr. Charles Percy from Illinois addressed the membership.

One of the first official actions of the National Executive Council was to establish an open membership policy, which states, "Membership in this Association shall be open to all Marines and Marine veterans who honorable serve our country".  The initial purpose of the MPMA is stated thusly:

"To promote and preserve the strong bonds of friendship borne of shared adversities and to devote ourselves to the furtherance of these friendships as Marines through the sharing of experiences and accomplishments to ensure more peaceful times".

Since 1965, national conventions have been held in cities around the country. A highlight of the 1971 convention in New Orleans was an address by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, who received the Man of the Year Award from the MPMA.

The Montford Point Marine Association, Inc., with endorsement from the Assistant Secretary of the Navy the honorable James E.  Johnson, received approval from the Commandant of the Marine Corps to rename Montford Point Camp. On April 19, 1974 in ceremonies at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Camp Gilbert H. Johnson was activated at Montford Point.

The tenth anniversary gathering returned to Philadelphia in 1975. Here, lifetime membership in the NAACP was approved.

The first substantial donation to the National Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Inc. was approved in 1976 at the second national convention held in Chicago. Contributions to this fund have been made each year since national approval.

Thirty (30) chapters in twenty (20) states and a large number of at-large members lend support to community-oriented activities in order to promote progress in the communities.

The nationally organized Ladies Auxiliary ably supports the chapters in most of these efforts to render service, especially to youth and senior citizen groups.

Special Units such as the Navaho Code Talkers, Parachute Battalion and the Raider Battalions (which is believe to be in some circles the fore-runners to today’s Recon Units)  have been highlighted in varying venues. While the 51st & 52nd Defense Battalion which was comprised of all black marines fought along with there counterparts throughout the pacific guarding outpost and providing fire support,

 

Click here  to be redirected to the National Website - and hear Mr. John Amos’

 narration of the historical facts of Montford Point and the

 achievements of the first African Americans to Join the United States Marine Corps.

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Black Units OF THE FMF, WWII Date of Deactivation Where Deactivated

18 Aug 1942 51st Composite Def Bn 31 Jan 1946 Montford Point

  8 Mar 19431st Marine Depot Co 4 Jan 1946 Montford Point

23 Apr 1943 2d Marine Depot Co  4 Jan 1946 Montford Point

23 Apr 1943 3d Marine Depot Co  4 Jan 1946 Montford Point

 1 June 1943 4th Marine Depot Co 31 Oct 1945 Guam

 8 Jul 1943 5th Marine Depot Co 31 Oct 1943 New Caledonia

 8 Jul 1943 6th Marine Depot Co 31 Aug 1943 New Caledonia

16 Aug 1943 7th Marine Depot Co 11 Dec 1945 Montford Point

16 Aug 1943 8th Marine Depot Co 10 Dec 1945 Montford Point

15 Sep 1943 9th Marine Depot Co 31 Dec 1945 Montford Point

15 Sep 1943 10th Marine Depot Co 22 Dec 1945 Montford Point

 1 Oct 1943 1st Marine Ammunition Co 21 Feb 1946 Montford Point

 7 Oct 1943 11th Marine Depot Co 4 Dec 1945 Saipan

 7 Oct 1943 12th Marine Depot Co 11 Dec 1945 Montford Point

 1 Nov 1943 13th Marine Depot Co 30 Nov 1945 Guam

 1 Nov 1943 14th Marine Depot Co 30 Nov 1945 Guam

 1 Nov 1943 2d Marine Ammunition Co 20 Jan 1946 Guam

 1 Dec 1943 15th Marine Depot Co 30 Nov 1945 Allen Island

 2 Dec 1943 16th Marine Depot Co 29 Jan 1946 Montford Point

 2 Dec 194 33d Marine Ammunition Co 25 Feb 1946 Montford Point

15 Dec 1943 52d Defense Bn 14 May 1946 Montford Point

 1 Jan 1944 17th Marine Depot Co 16 Jan 1946 Montford Point

 1 Jan 19441  8th Marine Depot Pvt 29 Jan 1946 Montford Point

 1 Jan 1944  4th Marine Ammunition Co 8 Mar 1946 Guam

 1 Feb 1944 19th Marine Depot Co 25 Feb 1946 Montford Point

 1 Feb 1944 20th Marine Depot Co 21 Feb 1946 Montford Point

 1 Feb 1944  5th Marine Ammunition Co 4 Jul 1946 Montford Point

1 Mar 1944 21st Marine Depot Co 2 Apr 1946 Montford Point

  1 Mar 1944 22d Marine Depot Co 2 Apr 1946 Montford Point

  1 Mar 1944  6th Ammunition Co 15 Dec 1945 Sasebo

  1 Apr 1944 23d Marine Depot Co 5 Apr 1946 Montford Point

1 Apr 1944  4th Marine Depot Co 15 Nov 1945 Nagasaki

  1 Apr 1944  7th Marine Ammunition Co 8 May 1946 Montford Point

  1 May 1944 25th Marine Depot Co 2 May 1946 Montford Point

  1 May 1944 26th Marine Depot Co 2 May 1946 Montford Point

  1 May 1944  8th Marine Ammunition Co 30 Sep 1947 Guam

  1 Jun 1944 27th Marine Depot Co 16 Apr 1946 Montford Point

  1 Jun 1944 28th Marine Depot Co 2 May 1946 Montford Point

  1 Jun 1944  9th Marine Ammunition Co 4 Jul 1946 Montford Point

  1 Jul 1944 29th Marine Depot Co 8 May 1946 Montford Point

  1 Jul 1944 30th Marine Depot Co 8 Apr 1946 Montford Point

  1 Jul 1944 10th Marine Ammunition Co 6 May 1946 Montford Point

  1 Aug 1944 31st Marine Depot Co 30 Nov 1945 Maui

  1 Aug 1944 32d Marine Depot Co 8 May 1946 Montford Point

  1 Aug 1944 11th Marine Ammunition Co 4 Jul 1946 Montford Point

  1 Sep 1944 33d Marine Depot Co 31 Jan 1946 Guam

  1 Sep 1944 34th Marine Depot Co 31 Jan 1946 Guam

  1 Sep 1944 12th Marine Ammunition Co 5 Apr 1946 Montford Point

  1 Oct 1944  5th Marine Depot Co   6 Jun 1946 Montford Point

  1 Oct 1944 36th Marine Depot Co 17 Jun 1946 Montford Point

  1 Nov 1944  7th Marine Depot Co  2 Apr 1946 Montford Point

  1 Nov 1944 38th Marine Depot Co  2 Apr 1946 Montford Point

  1 Nov 1944  5th Marine Depot Co 21 Feb 1946 Montford Point

  1 Dec 1944  6th Marine Depot Co 31 Dec 1945 Guam

  1 Dec 1944 39th Marine Depot Co 10 Jun 1946 Guam

  1 Dec 1944 40th Marine Depot Co  4 May 1946 Saipan

  3 Mar 1945 41st Marine Depot Co 23 Mar 1946 Maui

14 Mar 1945 42d Marine Depot Co 15 Mar 1946 Sasebo

14 Mar 1945 43d Marine Depot Co 15 Mar 1946 Sasebo

18 Apr 1945 44th Marine Depot Co  8 Apr 1946 Montford Point

10 Aug 1945 45th Marine Depot Co 6 Jun 1946 Montford Point

  1 Oct 1945 46th Marine Depot Co 15 Jul 1946 Montford Point

  1 Oct 1945 47th Marine Depot Co 31 Oct 1946 Oahu

  1 Oct 1945 48th Marine Depot Co 10 Jun 1946 Guam

  1 Oct 1945 49th Marine Depot Co 30 Sep 1947 Guam

 

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