The Montford Point Marine Association (MPMA) is a military veteran's organization, founded to memorialize the legacy of the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps. The first African American Marines were trained at Camp Montford Point, in Jacksonville, North Carolina, from 1942 to 1949.
I am a symbol inanimate the Eagle, Globe and Anchor.  Words too are symbols, inanimate but capable of conveying thoughts and ideas.  For those who wear me and to those who see you wearing me, I represent and express a tradition, an ideal and a noble legacy of combat valor and esprit unequaled by any other fighting force in the world.  I exemplify those qualities rarely voiced today – Patriotism, Courage and Devotion to duty.  It matters not what brought you to my banner.  It matters only that you wear me as your emblem and put forth the best within you- Semper Fidelis is a two word summary of a way of life.    It is then that I am no longer inanimate, no longer a symbol, I am, through you, the physical embodiment of Patriotism, Courage and Devotion to Duty.  In body, fact and spirit – I am a Marine.


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National Montford Point Marine Association Museum and Monument

Donations of Artifacts, Photographs, and Archival Materials:
The mission of the MPMA Museum is to collect, preserve, and exhibit objects of interest to the history of Montford Point and the Marine Corps. To accomplish this goal, the Museum and Monument acquires a wide variety of artifacts and historic materials for use in exhibits, as reference materials, and to assist in the conduct of original research on Marine Corps history. The Museum and Monument follows the ethical guidelines for acquiring artifacts established by the American Association of Museums (AAM).

Historic Artifacts: The Museum collects three-dimensional artifacts (for example: vehicles, uniforms, weapons, personal effects, etc.) in a selective and responsible manner. The Museum will accept only those items that the Museum can utilize and has the resources to professionally care for.

If you have artifacts that you would like to donate to the Museum, please contact Mr. Finney Greggs, Director of the MPMA Museum or fill out and return a Donation Information

Form to:
MPMA Museum
ATTN: Mr. Finney Greggs
PO Box 7222
Jacksonville, NC 28541


Monument Project: The Montford Point Marine Monument proposed by the Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. (MPMA) is currently under development, and scheduled to break ground in early 2011.To construct a fitting memorial to honor the 20,000 African American Marines who fought for the "Right to Fight” and to educate and inspire youth and Marines (Past / Present / Future) and instill the value of perseverance.

If you have any questions please contact the Monument Director Mr. Houston T. Shinal or Contact us via this link (Montford Point Marine Monument Project)


Photographs and Archival Materials:
Original documents are crucial to the mission of the Museum. Museum curators and researchers utilize photographs, personal papers and correspondence, official records, log books, etc. as part of the research required to prepare new exhibits and to prepare new publications. Archival materials of this kind are housed at the Montford Point Camp in the East Wing of building M101, Marine Corps Base, Camp Gilbert H. Johnson, Jacksonville, NC.

To view the monument design Proposal plese visit the The MPMA Memorial Web Site at

If you have any photographs, letters, official records, log books, etc., and wish to donate them to the MPMA Museum Camp Gilbert H. Johnson, please email Montford Point Museum for arraigments and mailing or Click here to fill out an application.


Please do not bring any artifacts, photographs, or other archival materials to the museum without first completing a Donation Information Form and speaking with a Museum representative. The National Museum of the Marine Corps will NOT be responsible for any items left at the Museum without prior approval of a Museum staff member.


Below you will find three Fund Projects

Make a cotribution to the fund project of your choice, its fast secure and easy to use. Your contribution will help preserve the history and legacy of those African American Marines whom paved the way for all.

By placing your contribution, the Montford Point Marine Association will Educate & Inspire generations of Americans for years to come.

Your tax deductible donation will further go a long way in helping us to also complete the Montford Point Memorial.



National Montford Point Marine General Fund Project


National Montford Point Monument Fund Project




National Montford Point Museum Fund Project



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Monument Project

To construct a fitting memorial to honor the 20,000 African American Marines who fought for the "Right to Fight” and to educate and inspire youth and Marines (Past / Present / Future) and instill the value of perseverance.

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NMPMA Scheduled Meetings

21 February, 2015

21 March, 2015

16-19 April, 2015: 50th Year Anniversary, National Spring Council

All teleconferences will begin promptly at the time listed below, per your geographical location:

3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) 12:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Full Details here

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Click here to see the USNS Montford Point Web Page


The United States Marine Corps only selects the best and the brightest to join its ranks, just like the players selected for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. The Marine Corps partners with a third-party recruiting professional to select elite high-school athletes for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. In addition to being among the top-rated football players in the nation, the selection process is also dedicated to choosing players

Semper Fidelis All American Bowl


Contributing sponsors for the Congressional Gold Medal Bronze Replicas

MCA&F recognizes Marine excellence in a wide range of endeavors and in particular supports the development of critical thinking in military affairs. MCA&F sponsors several types of writing awards to encourage Marines to disseminate ideas and explore issues to improve the Corps.

Tawani Foundation’s vision is to affect significant transformation of organizations and educational programs that enrich knowledge, preserve military heritage, improve health and wellness and conserve unique sites for enduring positive impact on individuals, communities and societies.

OUR MISSION:  To encourage the spiritual, moral, intellectual and physical development of children through education. This Foundation was formed in February of 1995 by former Marines and law enforcement personnel who strongly believe that our nation's most precious resource is its youth.

Marine FCU was chartered in April of 1959. Our humble beginnings … a chicken-wired area in one of the warehouses aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Under the watchful eye of our volunteer Board of Directors, we have grown to be a large, full service institution dedicated to the financial success of our members and a proud civic partner in our community. You can count on us!


** Monument Contribution **

The Marine Corps Veterans Association serves Marines current and past, those who survived and those who did not, those still injured and those doing well. We look out for our Marines, and we remind all Americans to honor the awesome sacrifices Marines made for them. This Association has made a charitable contribution towards the MPMA Memorial Fund.




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The Veterans History Project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Created and authorized by Congress, the Veterans History Project received unanimous support in the House and Senate and was signed into law on October 27, 2000.


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Ceremonial music performed by "The President's Own" United States Marine Band with bugle calls by"The Commandant's Own" United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps.  Down Load are free for use during ceremonies

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The website is directed toward multiple audiences ranging from scholars and researchers to the general public. All of the information provided by this site is free and accessible to the public. We hope you will use the information and share it and the website with all of those who are interested in knowing more about the historical experiences of the nearly one billion people of African ancestry around the world.


All the voluteers involved in this effort are military voluteers stationed in areas that are in harm's way.  You send your support (Letters and/or packages) addressed to them and when the see the "Attn Any, Soldier, Marine, Sailor or Coast Guard line in their address they put your letters and packages into the hands of that service member who don't get much or any mail first.  Everything is shared.


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Made up exclusively of men and women disabled in our nation’s defense, the Disabled American Veterans is dedicated to one, single purpose — building better lives for all of our nation’s disabled veterans and their families

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