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Montford Point Marines

Posted By: Community Manager 01-23-12

 

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Breaking through racial barriers, the Montford Point Marines transformed the face of the Marine Corps. Their honor, courage and commitment played a critical role, not only in integrating the Marine Corps but also in some of our nation's greatest battles.

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Anthony Parish Avatar

Former Marine

I am a former Marine who was stationed at Camp Johnson from 1989-1991. I had the privilege of meeting SgtMaj. Edgar R. Huff and MstGunnerySgt Mike Woods. They signed my book entitled "Roots of Two Black Marine Sergeants Major" I heard SgtMaj Huff speak at the NCO academy graduation. I thought I went through troubles in Boot Camp, but Those Marines paved the way for me and other blacks to attend boot camp in San Diego or Parris Island. I have always honored the times I had conversations with Older, Wiser, Black Marines. OOORRRAAHHH!

Posted by: Anthony Parish on 08/22/2012

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Dan Felsen Avatar

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I enlisted in December of 1960, arrived at MCRD San Diego the 3rd of February 1961. I very soon had doubts about my ability to complete boot camp, I wasn't strong, fit, or very tough. But my drill instructors guided me, inspired me, and wouldn't let me give up on myself. We had the shortest (SSgt John H. Felder at 5'4") and tallest (SSgt Alvis B. Polk at 6'7") drill instructors on the depot. They taught me the determination, the confidence, and the grit to survive the following years. Current USMC Commandant General Amos has recently said, in so many words, "There are no ex-Marines. We have active duty Marines, reservist Marines, retired Marines, and Marines on civilian duty. Once a Marine always a Marine. And that feeling of community, of family, has helped guide me through life.

Posted by: Dan Felsen on 08/21/2012

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george t autry Avatar

Former Marine

this is a great story and one that should be made known! I,MYSELF AM A FORMER MARINE,ENLISTING ON 6JUNE1968,A DAY AFTER I GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL..BOOT CAMP AND AFTER DEFINITELY CHANGED ME AND MY LIFE,FOR THE BETTER...THO I DIDN'T REALIZE IT FOR A WHILE.IT WAS HARSH,OFTEN CRUEL TO THE POINT OF WANTING TO QUIT BUT I MADE IT THRU,THANKS TO SSGT OSBORN,MY SENIOR DI,WHO TALKED TO ME STRAIGHT...WHILE ESCORTING TO THE BRIG FOR INSUBORINATION....AND HELPED ME SEE THE LIGHT! AS BAD AS BOOT CAMP AND ITR WAS,IT PREPARED ME GREATLY FOR MY TOUR IN VIETNAM.I WAS IN COMMUNICATIONS,RADIOMAN,WIREMAN,COMM CENTER,ETC...AND I KNOW FIRST HAND WHAT A TARGET THAT RADIO WAS AND THAT MY BUDDIES HAD MY BACK BECAUSE OF IT...TAKING HITS FOR ME....I LOVE THEM,THE MARINE CORP AND BEING A MARINE!! SEMPER FI FOREVER

Posted by: george t autry on 04/18/2012

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