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 Chaplain:  Chapter Presidents and members are reminded to encourage our elder members to   prepare a bio for the press and the funeral home.  We often get last minute requests from the family asking about their loved one’s service dates, rank, etc…  Please make sure that up-to-date bio information is ready at the Chapter level.  Members are reminded to report the lost of members and supporters immediately to our National Chaplain, Reverend James Moore.  Reverend Moore may be reached at 843-846-0881 or email at: chaplain@montfordpointmarines.org

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A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory of  honorably discharged deceased Veterans.

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Mr. John H. Camper

December 31, 1921 - March 9, 2014

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Mr. Florian Meeks, Jr.

Florian Meeks, Jr. was born in Owenton, KY, the son of Florian Sr. and Martha L. Meeks. The family of six lived on E. Adair Street, according to the 1930 U.S. Federal Census. Florian Jr. was educated in a one room school house in Owen County and attended high school at Lincoln Institute in Simpsonville, KY. In 1943 he became a member of one of the first platoons of African American Marines at Montford Point, a segregated basic training facility at Camp Lejeune, NC, for African Americans.

1922 - January 13, 2014

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Mr. Ronald I. Tapscott

December 13, 1922 - January 7, 2014

Mr. Tapscott was an Army draftee who went on to join the Marine Corps. He was the first black member of the Fauquier Planning Commission, post commander of American Legion Post 72, inductee in the Library of Congress and recipient of the Montford Point Marines’ Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian honor.

 

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Mr. Earnest A. Smith,Jr.

Novmber 6, 1922 - December 1, 2013

September 18, 1943, Ernest enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. The Marine Corps was the last of the armed services to integrate and basic training took place in the substandard barracks known as Montford Point located next to Camp Lejeune, NC. These first African-American Marines became known as Montford Point Marines. His experience with the southern Jim Crow laws and the unequal, segregated treatment by the Marine Corps changed his life forever.

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Mr. Lucius H. Snowten

March 26, 1921 - November 19, 2013

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Mr. Albert C. Jackson

Octobert 30, 1924 - October 9, 2013

Carl Jackson was the product of a value structure instilled by his immigrant parents and his experience as a United States Marine. Throughout his life he never strayed from his core beliefs and mores. Each of his children and extended family have admired and learned from that which guided him. Among them were his work ethic, the value he placed on education, the importance of self reliance, his discipline and sense of humanity.

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Mr. CLIFT B. MATHEWS

CLIFT B. MATHEWS Montford Point Marine On Saturday, September 7, 2013, Clift peacefully entered Heaven after a long illness at the V.A. Medical Center in Washington, DC. Clift is survived and will be deeply missed by his loving and devoted daughters, Leslie and Kathy; son-in-law, Kenneth Jasper; grandson, Nathaniel Braxton, great-grandson, Shawn Braxton, and many other caring and supportive family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his wife, India P. Mathews. Clift's Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 10 a.m. until Service at 11 a.m. at The Stanley Chapel on the campus of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, 3700 North Capitol Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20011 (Please enter the facility via gate at Rock Creek Church Rd. and Upshur St., NW). Interment with military honors on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 12 noon at Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, VA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to: http://www.mpmamemorial.com/. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=clift-b-mathews&pid=166904343&fhid=4278#fbLoggedOut

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Mr. MILTON RANDOLPH CHERRY

On Saturday, September 7, 2013 of Annapolis, Maryland. Owner of D.C. Van Lines Moving Company. Beloved husband of Eunice M. Cherry; devoted father of Denise M. Cherry, M. Gregory (Shearley) Cherry, Candice (Andre) Duke, the late Milton Lee Cherry and the late Michael Cherry; loving brother of James E. (Muriel) Cherry, Etrice (Carol) Cherry, Vilena Cherry, Fannie Sellers, Rudy (Blanche) Joyner, Lola (Robert) Spells, James Douglas Joyner, James (Sarah) Joyner, John Wes (Sarah) Joyner, George (Velina) Joyner, Bertha Joyner, Larry Joyner, Emma Boykins, Deborah (Herbert) McPhail. Also survived by nine grandchildren, three great-grandchild and a host of relatives and friends. Randy was a member of the Montford Point Marines who were recently recognized by President Obama at the White House. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the William Reese and Son's Mortuary, 1922 Forest Drive, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made, in his name, to the American Cancer Society - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=milton-r-cherry&pid=166921295&fhid=3420#fbLoggedOut

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Mr. Harry F. Givens

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February 13, 1926 - August 27, 2013

Mr. Givens is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, he served from 1944 to 1946, in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and held the rank of corporal.

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Thomas Strickland. Turner

May 16, 1925 - August 15, 2013

Thomas S. Turner enlisted in the Marines on October 2, 1943 and was inducted on October 4, 1943. He was active in the Marines from 1943 to 1946. Corporal Turner was among the African American Marines who received their basic training at Montford Point, a segregated facility at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

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Edgar LeRoy Law, Jr

July 2, 1924 - August 13, 2013

Edgar was a real-life pioneer and hero of our time. With quiet determination he rose from humble beginnings to become the first of his family to graduate from college, helped to integrate the U.S. Marine Corps, pioneered the way for people of color to enter the field of Architecture, and ultimately became a successful entrepreneur, while modeling an exceptional role as devoted husband and father.

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Homer attended school in the Colquitt County Georgia School system. He graduated from the Moultrie School system where he was an all state football player and honor student. While attending Morehouse College, he enlisted in the United States Marines in 1947, where he served three years.

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Arthur W. Obee

July 28, 1923 - August 1, 2013

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"Obee," as he was known to many, was one of the proud Montford Point Marines. He retired from the Marine Corps in January, 1964 after 19-1/2 years of service. Obee received the Congressional Gold Medal presented by President Obama to the Montford Point Marines on June 27, 2012.

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Mr. James B. "3D" McGhee

April 13, 1923 - July 28, 2013

Mr. McGhee served in the Marine Corp for 30 years speciality; 6442 Aircraft Hydraulic Mechanic and Oxygen System Tester. He-entered the military as a Montfort Point Marine the first blacks to serve in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1942-1949 which became desegregated a short time later. On Sunday March 23, 2013 McGee was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor for being a Montford Point Marine.

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Master Gunnery Sergeant, USMC

Nathaniel Ralph Hosea, Jr.

August 15, 1927 - June 8, 2013

Nathaniel was inducted into the United States Marine Corps on July 31, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed basic training at Montford Point Camp. Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, and rose to the rank of MGySgt. Nate participated in both Korean and Vietnam Wars, Nate’s awards and decorations include the Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm and Frame, United Nations Services Medal Commendation and a Meritorious Unit Commendation and retired January 31, 197. In 2012 Nate was awarded the, Montford Point Congressional Gold Medal.

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Sgt. Major Robert Matthew Mason, Jr.
June 21, 1925 - May 13, 2013

He joined the United States Marine Corps

in 1943, becoming one of the Montford Pointers, the first group of African Americans to integrate the Marines. He distinguished himself through his military service, serving with pride in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, receiving the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in the line of duty. During his thirty-year military career, he achieved the rank of Sergeant Major. Recently, on June 27, 2012, Sergeant Major Mason attended the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony in honor of the Montford Point Marines, where he and his Band of Brothers  received the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian award given by Congress, for “serving with valor during the war, even as they were subjected to discrimination.”

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May 14, 1949 - April 9, 2013

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Mr. Robert Garrett

May 19, 1923 - March 29, 2013

Served in the Marine Corps at Camp Montford Point from March 12, 1943 to  February 4, 1946, where he was assigned to the 51st Defense Battalion, and was deployed to the Fleet Marine Forces Pacific (Marshall Islands, Ellice Islands, Philippines) and was later Honorably discharged in 1946.

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Mr. Charles Wells

January 10, 1926 - February 12,2013

Mr. Wells was drafted into the United States Marine Corps. He did his basic training at the segregated Montford Point, North Carolina Marine base in 1944, after which he served in the Pacific Theatre and Occupational Forces of Japan.

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Mr. Edgar M. Cole
USMC Cpl 1943-1946
March 12, 1925 - February 8, 2013

Edgar Cole served from November 30, 1943 to June 14, 1946; he served in numerous clime and places, and functioned in as a Radio Operator low speed in Asiatic Pacific Area, Marshall Islands, Marianas Island, Kwajalein, and Guam Saipan

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In Korea he supplied Marines with ammunition from the landing at Inchon to the Chosin Reservoir campaign.  Retiring from the Marine Corps June 30, 1967, Hagan obtained a civilian service position in transportation management aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.  He received numerous military and civilian medals and citations including the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award given by Congress. Hagan and his fellow Montford Pointers, received the medal last year for their role in helping to desegregate the military and nation

Mr. Paul Hagan, Sr.

3 July 1928 - 18 January 2013

Hagan joined the U.S. Marine Corps August 16, 1946. At 16, he reported to Camp Montford Point, a segregated training facility established for blacks during World War II. From 1942 to 1949, the camp trained the first black men admitted into the USMC. These men are the Montford Point Marines. After completing recruit training at Montford Point, Hagan was stationed in Hawaii where he worked in transportation. Hagan served in the Eighth Ammunition Company transporting ammunition to the frontlines in the South Pacific. His duty stations included Guam. A Korean War veteran, Hagan served in the USMC for 21 years.

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Mr. Charles "Charlie" Spears

30 September 1924 - 18 January 2013

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Mr. James A. Brewer Sr.

July 25, 1928 - January 11, 2013

Served in USMC, from 1946-1972

James A. Brewer, 84, passed away Jan. 12, 2013 at his home in Barstow Ca. James was born July 25 1928 in Louisville Ky. to William and Mary Frances Brewer. James graduated in 1946 from Central High School in Louisville. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp after graduating, and was assigned to the all-black unit at Montford Point Camp, New River, North Carolina. He served his country for 26 years in numerous locations around the U.S. and the world. On June 2, 1960 James married Pearlie Newell and they enjoyed 51 years together. He retired from the USMC in 1972 at the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant. After the military he continued working at the MCLB Barstow until retiring in 1996. In June 2012 James, along with all his fellow ‘Montford Pointers’ brothers received the Congressional Gold Medal. James was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years Pearl.

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Mr. John Chavis

February 4 , 1928 - December 27, 2012

John began his formal education in Wadesboro, North Carolina. He joined the US marine Corp inJune of 1946 and continued his thirst for knowledge, he completed training as an Armed Forces Police, ABC Defense, Drill Instructor, Instructor's Orientation Course, Corrections, Correctional Counseling and 1st Sergeant Course. Upon completing his Military Tour of Duty, he attended Cal State LA University where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree.

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SgtMaj William "Movin" Vann

28 September 1929 - 27 December 2012

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Mr. William T. Rankin, Jr.

June 18, 1928 - December 15, 2012

William Theodore Rankin Jr. was born June 18, 1928 to the late William Theodore Rankin Sr. and Cora Elizabeth Presley in Greensboro, NC. He received his heavenly wings at the home of
his youngest daughter on December 15,2012 with love by his side.

William was educated in the Greensboro School system. Upon his 18th birthday he enlisted in the USMC where he served during the WWII and Korean war times. He was one of the first Negro Marines that served at Montford Point, NC (now known as Camp Lejeune). After serving his duty, he went to Boston, Massachusetts to visit a sister, during which time he met
the love of his life, Mable Arlena Gilstrap. The two later married and had 5 daughters, and 1 son that died in infancy. They would soon become members of the Dorchester Church of Christ,
which congregation William helped to establish.

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Mr. John R Hill, Jr.

June 23, 1930 - December 19, 2012

It is with deep regrets to announce the passing of an Original Montford Point Marine. Master Sergeant John Robert Hill, Jr. Born June 23, 1930, he was a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on March 16, 1948 and trained at Montford Point Camp in North Carolina. During his time in the Marine Corps, he participated in various combat campaigns while in Inchon Korea, and participated in the Wonsan-Hungham-Chosin Campaign, from August 1950 to April 1951. He was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon & Good Conduct Medal w/6 stars. Master Sergeant Hill was honorably discharged on July 31, 1970. After his retirement from the Marine Corps, he had a successful civilian career at Citizen & Trust Bank. Mr. John R. Hill departed this life on December 18, 2012 at South Fulton Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Survivors include daughter Vernetta Phillips, grandchildren Terrence Bennett (Wife Melorie Bennett) and April Baylis, Great Grandchildren Dominic Bennett, Austin Bennett, and Ty Nolan.

The viewing of the body will be from 1 – 9PM, Thursday, December 27, 2012, at Murray Brothers Funeral Home 1199 Utoy Springs Road SW Atlanta, Georgia 30331 (404) 349-3000. The funeral service is Friday, December 28, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Christians for Change Baptist Church 2110 Bethsaida Road Riverdale, Georgia 30296. Burial will follow at Lincoln Cemetery 2275 Simpson Road Northwest Atlanta, Georgia 30314.

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Mr. Johnny D. Rhome

10 April 1924 - 5 November 2012

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Mr. Melvin Shoats

January 4, 1926 - November 3, 2012

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Mr. Clement E. Poussaint.

September 4, 1923 - October 25, 2012

Clement E. Poussaint (Clem) was born in East Harlem in NYC, to Christopher and Harriet Poussaint, on September 4, 1923. He -was the third child in what was to
become a total of eight children.

He graduated from Commerce High School and enlisted in WWII as a Montford Point Marine-the first Black members of the US Marine Corps. He was recently awarded along "With
his comrades the Congressional Gold Medal. Clem was proud of his military service all of his life

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Mr. Alonzo A. Carmichael

October 19, 1915 - October 17, 2012

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Mr. Luther L. Goodwin

10 December 1924 - 7 October 2012

It is with our deepest regrets to announce the passing of Original Montford Pointer and Louisville Chapter 22 member.

 

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Lawrence “Reggie” Lucas was a pioneer in the annals of military service.  Lucas, who died  on Saturday, was a member of the Montford Point Marines, the first Marine units open to  blacks during World War II.  I wrote about Lucas in June when he and other Montford Pointers received the nation’s highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal

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October 23, 1925 - September 24, 2012

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 Gunnery Sergeant LaSalle VaughnGunnery Sergeant LaSalle Vaughn, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, joined the Marines in 1942 and was assigned to the Stewards' Branch, where he became an accomplished baker and chef. During his career as a Marine he served at Parris Island, in officers' clubs at various bases, and as the chef for several generals. He lives in retirement at Port Royal, South Carolina.

Mr. LaSalle R. Vaughn

November 5, 1923 - September 16, 2012

Mr. LaSalle Vaughn Original Montford Pointer

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On Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Washington DC Veterans Hospital, a ceremony was held to honor WWII Veteran LaSalle Vaughn. Representatives from the United States Marine Corps Headquarters presented Mr. Vaughn with the Gold Medal of Honor. The Gold Medal of Honor is one of the nation's highest honors awarded to a civilian. Surrounded by his loving family, Mr. Vaughn was read a proclamation from President Obama. As a Montford Point Marine, he and his fellow service members were not allowed to train with white Marines but they wore the uniform with pride and served bravely during WWII. Like the Buffalo Soldiers and Tuskegee Airmen before them, Montford Point Marines are being honored years after their service; but time does not diminish their heroic achievements or this rightful recognition. 

Mr. Vaughn is known to have composed the Montford Point Marine Anthem “ I'll Take the Marines”

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a great pioneer Mr. LaSalle R. Vaughn on 16 September 2012  in Washington DC

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Mr. Stanman Robottom Sr.
January 13, 1921 – September 5, 2012

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Mr. Rogers Major Sr.
April 23, 1925 – August 24, 2012

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Mr Melvin Ballard

August 11, 1928 - July 16, 2012

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Mr. Otis "OT" Allen, Sr.

July 2012

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Mr. John O. Tilghman

September 22, 1922 - July 14, 2012

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Mr. Dennis Mitchell, Sr.

February 23, 1924 - March 7, 2012

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Mr. Norman Payne served in the United States Marine Corps 1943-1946 in Anti-Aircraft and the Marine Corp Reserves 1946 - 1952. He was among the first African-American men to enlist and be trained at the segregated Montford Point site within Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He did not see combat and received no medals or citations but travelled to the Hawaiian and Marshall Islands. He is a veteran of the United States Postal Service as well, retiring with 35 years of experience including 18 years of managerial responsibilities. Mr. Payne is an original Montford Pointer and a founding member of the Montford Point Marine Association Chicago Chapter 2. He has served as President for 3 consecutive terms from 1992 to 1998 and again as President for an additional 4 consecutive terms from 2000 - 2008. He is recognized and applauded as the longest serving President of Chicago Chapter 2 with 14 total years of excellent leadership. He has served on various committees and capacities including manager. Mr. Payne states his greatest accomplishment as President was the 2005 Montford Point Marine Association National Convention held in Chicago, where he was triumphant leading the Membership, Auxiliary and Society in an outstanding and successful event. Mr. Payne remains a faithful member and advisor for Montford Point and also holds membership on the Secretary of State’s Veterans Advisory Council. He has also held membership for 16 years with the American Legion George L Giles Post #87.

Mr. Norman Reese Payne

January 30, 1926 - June 2, 2012


Norman Reese Payne, 86, of Holly Springs, died June 2, 2012, at Baptist Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. He was in the U.S. Marine Corps, Montford Point Marines, American Legion (life member), Veteran’s Association (life member), and manager of U.S. Postal System in Chicago, Ill. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on June 9, at St. Columbanus Catholic Church in Chicago, where he was a member. Burial will be in Oak Wood Cemetery in Chicago. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. He leaves his daughter, Martha Stovall (Dr. A.J. Stovall) of Holly Springs. He was preceded in death by children James Payne, Norma Washington and Margaret Pompey.

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Mr. Joseph "Joe" Cobbs

September 15, 1925 - May 31, 2012

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Mr. Willie Earl Clark III

11 May 2012

 
Mr. Clark entered the Marine Corps on 5 September 1945 and was discharged as a PFC on 27 September 1946.  He is survived by his wife Geraldine (Gerry) W. Clark.

A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Monday 21 May 2012, at Diamond Hill Baptist Church on Grace Street.  Clark’s family will receive visitors from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church on Pleasant Valley Road.

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Mr. Eddie W. H. Morgan
(March 21, 1926 - April 8, 2012)

Known as “Dub” during his early childhood, he was reared in Alamance County where he attended Jordan Sellars High School. Enlisting in the Marine Corps on June 9, 1944 at Camp Lejeune, NC, Eddie went on to Montfort Point Marine Corp base.  Eddie achieved the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant (E-9) in an astonishing and hard earned 16 years.  He served overseas in World War II in Japan, The Korean War in Korea and China, The Vietnam War in Vietnam and other duties in other countries.  Eddie retired serving a total of thirty years, one month and eleven days.

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Thurman Herron was born on March 12, 1927 in Memphis, Tennesee. He entered into rest on March 4, 2012 in San Diego, California. He is survived by his wife, Odell Herron, son, Thurman K. Herron, daughter, Joan C. Sims, daughter, Kathrina J. Bell, daughter, Althea O. Holsey, son, Terry L. Herron, relatives, and friends.  Mr. Herron's final resting place will be Eternal Hills Memorial Park in Oceanside, Califonria.

Mr. Thurman Herron

March 12, 1927 - March 4, 2012

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Mr. Earl Evans, Jr.

25 September 1929 - 14 February 2012

Mr. Evans joined the United States Marine Corps in September 1946.  During his years of active service, he attained the rank of Sergeant and deployed to places such as Guam and Korea.  Earl’s plans as a career Marine ended in 1953 due to injuries sustained while in combat. He received numerous awards and citations including the Purple Heart Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korea Service Medal with one Silver Star, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Award, United Nations Service Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.  He retired from the Marine Corps on July 8, 1953 with an Honorable Discharge.

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Mr. Lee Roy Adams
(September 21, 1928 - January 21, 2012)

Mr.Lee Roy Adams was a veteran of WWII, Korean, and Vietnam Wars. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps training and serving as a Montford Point Marine followed by service in the U.S. Air Force retiring as a Master Sergeant with a total of 21 years of service.

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Mr. Albert L. Kindred

27 March 1925 - 11 December 2011

Served US Navy 1943-1948 & USMC 1948-1956 to the Rank of Staff Sergeant

Albert Lee Kindred was born a fraternal twin on June 23, 1924 in Ashburn, Georgia to George and Sabe-Ash Kindrick.   He was the seventh of seven children born to the Kindricks. (Rose-twin, Louis, John, Thelma, Tommy Lee, Cora Lee and Mary Lou).  He also had two half sibling, Lucille and Eva.  Albert’s mother died at an early age, so he and his sibling were largely raised by his aunt, Elmira Ash.   Shortly after turning 18, Albert left for the military, first serving in the Navy in 1944, then the Marines until 1956, retiring as a Staff Sergeant.  Albert was part of a historic group, being one of the 1st African Americans allowed to join the Marine Corps, training aboard the segregated base at Camp Montford Point.  As one of an elite group of brave men, Albert helped pave the way for tens of thousands of African Americans serving in the United State Marine Corps today.

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James Hamilton Woods
(May 18, 1922 - December 1, 2011)

It is with great sympathy that we announce the passing of Mr. James H Woods, Mr. Woods passed at his daughters home in Southfield, Michigan on December 1st.he was a proud member of the Montford Point Marines

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Mr. John Morgan Myers
22 July 1926 - 28 November 2011

It is with great sympathy that we announce the passing of Mr. John Morgan Myers.  Mr. Myers an original Montford Point Marine (Platoon #33) has passed away at the VA Hospital in Richmond VA. He served in battle during WWII in Saipan, Tarawa, Korean War, and participated in several campaigns. During his combat time he participated in the breakout from the Chosin Reservoir with the 1st Mar. Div., and during the highly intense conflict between the United States a Russia, he participated as part of the invasion force during the Cuban Missile crises and further served three combat tours in Vietnam.

Funeral arraignments: His funeral service will be Wed 7 Dec 2011 at the Quantico Marine Corps Base Chapel from 12:30pm-1:30pm, with the burial at 2:00pm at Quantico National Cemetary.

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Mr. Jubal Patterson
November, 2011

Jubal enlisted in the Marine Corps on 5 Oct 1943 from Washington, DC.  He was discharged as a PFC on 21 May 1946.  According to his discharge certificate, he served in the Asian Pacific area from 27 Oct 1944 to 22 Apr 1946 and participated in campaigns on Iwo Jima Volcano Island and Guam from 19 Feb 1945 to 12 Apr 1945.


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Mr. Leonce Joseph Gumbel
February 26, 1925 – November 20, 2011

Montford Point Marine Association Inc. of the Los Angeles Chapter #8 are  grieving the passing of an Original Montford Pointer Mr. Leonce Joseph Gumbel USMC Sgt 1942-1946 passed on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles California. He is served by his Wife Mrs. Roberta Gumbel, 16620 Harwill Ave. Carson Ca. 90746.

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Mr. John “R” Lynch
February 18 1924 – November 20, 2011

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Mr. Alvin M. Robinson, Sr.

September 2011

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Mr. James V. Stewart
(September 25, 1923 – April 18, 2011)

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Mr. Frank Finch, Jr.
(June 19, 1923 – July 1, 2011)

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It is with deep regrets that I relay the sad news of the passing of an Original Montford Point Marine.  Sergeant Frank Finch, Jr. born June 19, 1923 and departed this life July 1, 2011. He was a native of Anniston Alabama.  He enlisted in the Marines June 17th, 1943 and trained at Montford Point Camp in North Carolina. He served with the 51st as a telephone man in Pacific area from February 1944 to December 1945. Sergeant Finch was honorably discharged on February 4th, 1946.  He had a successful career of over 37 years with Ford Motor Company.  He departed this life July 1st in Powder Springs, Georgia.

 

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Mr. Leroy D. Sanders

(2 May 1927 - 1 June 2011)

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Mr. Sanders, commonly known as Dan was born on 2 May 1927 at Longleaf, Rapides, LA and was inducted in the Marines from New Orleans, LA, 18 July 1945 and trained at Montford Point Camp, NC. After serving his time in General Duties with Cas. Co MPC, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, during the period of a segregated South with racial unrest at home and aboard Mr. Sanders was honorably discharged from the Marines on August 25th, 1946 as a Private First Class and returned to Longleaf, Louisiana, and later moved to Alexandrea, Louisiana where he continued to live and work until his retirement from the warehouse and delivery industry.

Mr Sanders was survived by his loving wife of sixty (60) years Mrs Pearlie Mae Sanders, two daughters Mary Jane Earthly, Debra Carter, and two sons Leroy Jr, and Gary Sanders.

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Mr. Richard Henry Cornick

(April 22, 1926 - 20 May 2011)

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Mr. James Howard Bejamin

“Honoring Private Benjamin”
28 March 1919 - 29 October 1944

“Private James Howard Benjamin was Born 28 March 1919 in Macon GA., where at a young age he enlisted on 19 Aug 1943 and underwent training at Montford Point Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. While at Montford Point, Pvt Benjamin was assigned to the 13th Marine Depot Company, 6th Base Depot.


In 1944, while proudly serving our country in the US Marine Corps during World War II. , Pvt Benjamin  along with several first African American units to serve in the Marine Corps have distinguished themselves with an exemplary war record.


On October 29th 1944, PVT Benjamin sacrificed his life fighting for our freedom and was buried in Hawaii. For unknown reasons, his remains were disinterred in 1949 and he was reburied in Montezuma, Georgia.  Due to the fact that his gravesite was in need of repair, the Patriot Guard Riders, Montezuma Veterans of Foreign Wars, Andersonville National Cemetery, West Mortuary and Members of the Montford Point Marines joined together to honor Private Benjamin’s ultimate sacrifice on Saturday, 28 May 2011.

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Mr. Harmon Edmond

(February 21, 1921 - May 9, 2011)

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Harmon Edmond, son of the late John and Elizabeth Felder-Edmond, was born on February 21, 1924 in Calhoun County, South Carolina. He peacefully departed his life on May 9, 2011. Harmon was educated in the South Carolina Public School System. He joined the US Marines in December 1943 and completed his service in June 1946, achieving the rank of Corporal.

 

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Mr. Herman S. Hamilton

(November 5, 1926 - April 23, 2011)

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Mr. Lloyed E. Privott

(October 25, 1923 - February 16, 2011)

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In 1942 Lloyd joined the marines, and was stationed at Montiford Point. There he was one of many called the "Marines of Montford Point" being one of the first black marines in his regime., Lloyd served a two year term in which he became a marine policeman. After being honorably discharged Lloyd later moved to New York residing at 194 Malcolm X Blvd, Brooklyn New York for 40 years.

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Mr. Melvin Borden  
( February 20, 2011)

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Mr. Melvin Borden, 82, of Jacksonville, NC died Feb. 20, 2011, at North Carolina State Veterans Nursing Home, Fayetteville. The memorial service will be held at noon Wednesday at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with the Rev. Joel D. Churchwell officiating.  Burial with military honors will follow. Mr. Borden was one of the original Montford Point Marines and a dedicated member of the Montford Point Marine Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Condolences may be made at saundersfh.com

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Mr. Herman J. Smith 
(March 26, 1922 - February 9, 2011)

Herman J. Smith passed peacefully from this life at West Roxbury VA Hospital on February 9, 2011.
1072094.jpgMr. Smith was born in Natchez, Louisiana on March 22, 1922 to father, Valery Smith and mother Louise Moody Smith. Herman was a decorated war hero. He is a Marine Corporal who courageously fought for his country in one tour of service during World War II from 1943 thru 1946 and a tour of duty in the Korean war. Herman was a member of the Montford Point Marine Association an organization honoring the first African Americans allowed by the US to serve as Marines, the organization's motto is: "To promote and preserve the strong bonds of friendship born from shared adversities and to devote ourselves to the furtherance of these accomplishments to ensure more peaceful times."

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GySgt. Glenn J. White (Retired)
1/17/1927 - 1/29/2011

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White was born January 17, 1927, in Longtown, SC. He was the oldest of eight children of the late John C. and Estelle White. White sharecropped and attended school in Longtown. He also attended Rock Hill Baptist Church. At 12, he relocated to Washington, DC where he attended Armstrong High School before entering into the U.S. Marine Corps on July 30, 1945 at Ft. Meade, MD. He completed his recruit training at Montford Point, a segregated boot camp established for blacks during World War II. From 1942 to 1949, the camp trained the first black men admitted in the USMC. These men are the Montford Point Marines.

While in training, White was baptized at the Montford Point ( Camp Johnson ) Chapel. Following boot camp, White reported to the South Pacific serving in Saipan, Tinian and Guam . Upon his return to the U.S., White reported to Great Lakes and was discharged in 1946. He returned to Washington and re-enrolled in Armstrong and Phelps High Schools . White re-enlisted into the Marine Corps in 1948. He returned to Montford Point and served in a casualty unit and later in motor transport. White’s duty stations included Fort Memphis, Korea, Quantico, Camp Lejeune, Okinawa, New River Air Facility (New River Air Station) and Vietnam. White completed his military career at Montford Point where he served as a Motor Transport instructor. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1973 with 27 years of active duty service.

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Mr. Winston J, Hall, Sr.
(June 24, 192 4 - January 29, 2011)

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Mr. Winston J, Hall, Sr. attended St. Peter Claver Elementary School and St. Pius Elementary School. He attended Douglas High School where he was known as a lightweight champion boxer.

While in high school, he was drafted into the United State Marines Corps in 1942 and served for three years, during this time he was served as one of the Drill Instructors at Montford Point and attained the rank of Sergeant. After his honorable discharged, he went back to Douglas High School and received his high school diploma. 

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Mr. Clarence Broussard

On February 16, 1947, he was united in matrimony to his loving wife, Nellie Jane Summers. To this union was born three sons: Clarence, Jr., Quelton, and Raoul.  He is survived by two sons; Quelton, Sr. (Sandra) and Raoul (Tanya) Broussard; grandchildren Lisa (Shawn) Rollins, Toi, Megan, and Nicholas Broussard; three great grandsons, Shawn Rollins, Aiden Broussard and ,Quelton Broussard, III, and a host of nieces and nephews. And a special acknowledgement of June and Leroy Taylor.  He was the former proprietor of Nellie’s Grocery (Desire and Algiers), Busy B and Raoul’s Food Stores, Snowflakes Lounge, C & N Truck Service and C & N Thoroughbred, Inc.

June 11, 1924 - December 26, 2010

"It is with heartfelt sympathy to pass that Mr. Clarence Broussard a Granville Alexander Chapter #7 life member passed away on Sunday Dec.26, 2010. Mr. Broussard along with his older brother Henry enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in 1942 soon after the federal government made it legal for African Americans to serve and remained in the Marines until 1946 attaining the rank of Buck Sergeant. Mr. Clarence Broussard is one of our "Original Montford Pointers and was inducted to the Montford Point Marines 2009 Hall of Fame " and has been a Life Member of the Montford Point Marine Association for years.

The funeral will be on Saturday, 1January 2011 at 1000 (10:00 am) at Branch Bell Baptist Church, 1231 St. Maurice Avenue, New Orleans, LA (504) 309-5737.

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Rev. S.L. Roberson

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March 14, 1920 - December 4, 2010
 
From: Robert B. Middleton, President
         Montford Point Marine Assn.
  Detroit #19
 
We are mourning the recent loss of Montford Pointer Rev. S.L. Roberson, member of the Marine Corps League, Washtenaw Detachment
of Ypsilanti, Michigan who died on December 4, 2010.  He participated in the WWII invasion of Iwo Jima along with our own Gene Dougherty,
Thomas McPhatter, and Rev. Archibald Mosley.
 
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Mr. Frederick Drake

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It is with great sorrow and regret to report the passing of Beaufort South Carolina Chapter Member and Original Montford Pointer Master Sergeant Frederick Drake has passed this 15 November 2010, an Alabama native, completed high school and briefly attended Payne University, an African Methodist Episcopal school in Birmingham. He joined the Corps in 1943. He served for thirty years, primarily as a cook or chef, with overseas tours in Japan, the Philippines, and Vietnam. He lives in Port Royal, South Carolina.

Frederick Drake Home Going Service.
11/22/2010 Monday at 1100
Place: Bethesda Christian Fellowship on St. Helena Island, SC
Resting Place: Beaufort National Cemetery

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GySgt Ruben Lemuel Hines "Pappy"

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July 26, 1925 - September 2, 2010

GySgt Ruben served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps and served in many billets, to include conflicts overseas during WWII, Korea and three tours in Vietnam. See full obituary

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Mr. Kenneth Callender

Kenneth Calender

It is with great sorrow and regret that I report the passing of NY Metro Chapter Member and Original Montford Pointer, Kenneth Callender announced this evening Monday Aug 9th, 2010.  Mr. Callender a member of 8th Ammo – served with distinction and honor and was a personal mentor whom will be missed by many.  Ken’s loyalty to 8th Ammo and the 51st was not lost as he continuously pushed to have their names published Black or White in recognition of the time they served together.

We identified Ken as one of the (2) African Americans who crawl along the beach at Iwo and survive. Although he pursued trying to get his name affixed to this picture it did not happen yet he proudly displayed it for all, along with countless others.

Two black Marines crawl past the smoldering hulk of a DUKW all the while being subjected to heavy Japanese machine gun, mortar, and artillery fire. They struggled in the volcanic sand to set up supply dumps. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 111123

Mr Kenneth Callender seen here in this photo during actual combat.

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Mr. Benton Cortez Philips

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April 12, 1925 – July 26, 2010

He always had a good story to tell:

I was trainin' at Camp LaJeune the land that God forgot.The sand is 14 inches deep and the sun is scorch in ' hot.Twice as minutes splurged, other times spent wash in ' our own duds.When I get to Heaven, St. Peter I will tell,
"Another Marine reportin' Sir, I done my stretch in Hell."

Submitted by Kesho Leach

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Mr. Joseph “Joe” Shackelford

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August 31, 1927 – May 16th, 2010

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Mr. Tom W. Brown Sr

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A Los Angeles Chapter #8 member
(Original Montford Pointer) DOB: April 2, 1925, Passed on April 16, 2010, Served in USMC, as a (Sgt.) From 1943-1951

Tom William Brown, Sr. 85, husband, father, grandfather and one of the first African American Montford Point Marines, passed away on Friday, April 16, 2010.  Tom was also a member of the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge No. 7.  Tom was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be greatly missed by his family and friends. 

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Mr. Warren M.Callwood

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April 10, 1929 - March 30, 2010

Warren's path led him on the road of service and commitment to helping others. Following school, He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and embarked upon an honorable and meritorious tour of service. Shortly after, his platoon partner, Van Clark introduced him to the love of his life, Clementine Clark. They married and were blessed with three beautiful children, Barry, Carolann and Allen. A devoted husband and loving father, Warren was always caring for family and neighbors alike. Warren and Clementine began their walk of life, together on New York's lower east- side, then moved uptown to The Riverview Towers.

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Mr. Frederick A Jones Sr.

Mr Fredrick Jones

Mr. Jones trained at Montford Point in World War II. He has passed away on 3/31/2010. Mr. Frederick A Jones was from Philadelphia PA. and served with the 51st Defense Battalion as an Anti-Arcraft Gunner from 1943 to 1946.

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Mr. Aaron German

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Aaron German, age 63, a resident of Algiers Louisiana, departed this life on Tuesday, March 9th, 2010. Aaron was born in Shaw, Mississippi to Willie Guy German and Mildred German. He was raised by his Aunt Martha Rice and Uncle Fred Rice. Aaron leave to cherish his memory, his devoted wife Vivian Fay German; three sons, Jeffery German, Darrick Lamaya Handy, and Ike Sterling; one daughter, Acquaneice Rome; and three grandchildren, Brannon Merritt, Christopher Sterling, and Milan Sterling. Aaron will be missed by his co-workers and friends at NSA New Orleans and NAS/JRB New Orleans.

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Mr. James Patterson

Mr. James Patterson

James Joseph Patterson June 18, 1925 - March 15, 2010 Resident of Fort Barnwell, NC. After recent illness, James passed away at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. James was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Brooklyn Automotive High School. He lived in Brooklyn and worked at the American Broadcasting Company until he retired. In 1990, he made his home in Fort Barnwell.
 
James bears the distinction of being a permanent part of our nation's history. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802 in 1941 which opened the door for African Americans to enlist in the United States Marine Corps and train at Camp Montford Point. James was one of the first African American Marines. His unit, the 2nd Casual Company Headquarters Battalion went on to fight historical battles in the Pacific during World War II. He was a Heavy Artillery Anti-Aircraft Gun Crewman during World War II,
 

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Mr. Freddie Melvin

Funeral Services for: Mr. Freddie Melvin, Los Angeles Chapter #8 (Original Montford Pointer). Platoon #103 Passed on January 27, 2010, Served USMC as a 1stSgt USMC Ret. From 1943-1973

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During World War II he actively served in the Pacific Island campaigns returning to the states in 1945.  Freddie heroically served in the Korean War from 1951-1953, and subsequently in the Vietnam War in 1968.  Freddie Melvin honorably retired from the Marine Corps as a First Sergeant after 30 years.  After retirement from the marines he became an employee of United States Postal Service and served in a supervisory capacity for ten years.

 

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Mr. Dale R. Wright

Dale, son ofMildred Elaine Smith Wright and George William Wright, was born on July 19, 1923 in Monongahela, Pennsylvania. He moved with hisfamily to Canton, Ohio as a teenager, graduatingfrom Canton's McKinley High School. AU S Marine Corps veteran,1he proudly served his country during World War II in the Central Pacific Theater and was honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant. An enterprising and ambitious young man, he tookfull advantage of the GI Bill, completing undergraduate course work at Howard University, and graduating with Honors in 1950 from Ohio State University's prestigious Columbus School ofJournalism. Wright undertook post graduate courses in business operations, mass communications, information and nonprofit management at Columbia University, New York University, and the State University ofNew York.

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Mr. Ellis Cunningham

(1stSgt Ret)

It is with great sadness that on this day, 26 Sept 2009 Mr. Ellis Cunningham has passed away. Mr. Cunningham an Iwo Jima survivor and Vietnam veteran was a pivitol inspiration for many of us and will be missed. More info of the services will be posted upon recieving.

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Mr. Alvin J. Banker

MSgt Alvin J. Banker was sworn into the Marine Corps on  July 19,  1942 in New Orleans, La. He received orders on August 24, 1942 to report to boot camp at New River, NC. Upon arriving at New River, he was assigned to 51st Defense Battalion (Special Duty Platoon) at Montford Point Camp. The SDP consisted of cooks, barbers and bakers. On September 20, 1946, he was deployed overseas to Guam and Saipan for three years. Other duty stations included:  N.A.D. Earle, NJ; Camp Lejeune, NC; Quantico, VA; Guantanamo bay Cuba; and Philadelphia Navy Yard where he retired in September 1966 after 24 years of honorable and faithful service.

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Leroy Bullock

Mr. Leroy Bullock

December 19, 1914 - Friday July 10, 2009,

Leroy was born in Vance County, North Carolina on December 19, 1914. He was the oldest of eleven children born to the late James and Leah Hargrove Bullock. He graduated from Hawkins High School, Warrenton, North Carolina in 1932. He later moved to Boston, Massachusetts where he enlisted in the Marine Corps - as part of the first group of African Americans ever allowed to become Marines - on March 4, 1943 and reported to Montford Point, North Carolina for Basic Training.

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Mr. Dennis N. Bernard, Sr.

As announced on 1 July 2008, It is with great sadness that another original Montford Pointer of the New York Chapter And Original Montford Pointer has passed Mr. Dennis N. Bernard. Born 26 June 1923 in Harlem New York, Mr. Bernard a Harlem New York High School Graduate joined the Marines Corps and served in the Korean War and was later Honorably Discharged. Upon him being discharged, he later was briefly employed by the United States Postal Service. Seeking further seeking his career endeavors, Bernard then joined the New York City Transit Police Department, where he served 20 plus years and later retired from. Bernard was affectionately known as "Potsey"

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Mr. Oliver Lumpkin

It is with great sadness that on Sunday 17 May 2009, another original Montford Pointer of the Beaufort, South Carolina Chapter,Sergeant Oliver Lumpkin was born in Richland, Georgia. He joined the Corps in 1946 and served with the 51st Defense Battalion in the Ellice Islands. After leaving the Corps, he attended Ft. Valley State College and taught at Savannah, Georgia. He obtained a master's degree from Tuskegee University and his doctorate from Ohio State University, after which he served on the faculty of Clemson University for fifteen years. He resided in Savannah, Georgia. Mr. Oliver Lumpkin has passed and funeral arraignments for burial will be 22 May 2009 at 1st congregational church, Savannah Georgia, 421 Habersham St.

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Kenneth W. Reed was raised in Philadelphia, PA, by his mother and father, Stanley and Clara Reed.  His mother and father, Stanley and Clara, brothers, Stanley, Harold and sister, Marvine preceded him in death.  SSgt Reed. USMC Ret. (Original) Montford Pointer Served U. S. Army 1946-1949 and U.S. Marine Corps 1949-1966.

Mr. Kenneth W. Reed

It is with great sadness that Original Montford Pointer Marine, Mr. Kenneth W. Reed SSGT USMC Ret. Passed away in Los Angeles California. Kenneth W. Reed SSGT. USMC Ret. (Original) Montford Pointer(Los Angeles Chapter #8).Served in the U. S. Army from 1946-1949 and later joined the U.S. Marine Corps 1949-1966. Mr Reed was born: May 26, 1923 and Passed on Friday, May 8, 2009.

 
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Rev. Dr. Thomas H. McPhatter

Dear Friends,

I have the sad task of telling you all that Thomas died at 9:30, Friday, May 1, 2009.
Sue
Suzanne McPhatter

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Mr. Malcum Mumford

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Percy L. Corke

Gunnery Sgt. Corke made history when in 1943 he became one of the first1,500 African-Americans allowed to enlist in the Marines (Note, America would not allow African-Americans to become Marines before President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Fair Employment Practice Commission in 1941.) He served the country during World War II, he walked with shoulders held back and head held high, despite segregation and racism. He watched and applauded as the country changed, becoming more inclusive. He married and had two children who he raised with love and taught to be proud. He is a grandfather, a great grandfather, and one of the oldest members of my family. He has carved the word “love” in hearts of those who were lucky enough to interact with him over the years. With his last breath he remained one of the “the few, the proud, the Marine.” After World War II, he was responsible for returning fallen Marines, back to America, back to their home towns, and back to their families, for burial.

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October 2, 1924 - February 5, 2009

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Evan G. Lythcott, Jr.

Evan Garfield Lythcott Jr. was born in Brooklyn, New York, on October 2, 1924 from the union of the late Ambrosine Cleopatra Burton-Lythcott and Evan Garfield Lythcott Sr. Evan departed this life suddenly on February 5, 2009. He was 84 years old.

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Rev, Steve King, Jr.

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Born May 1, 1929, in Pensacola, Florida, was an only child in 1937, he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at the Morning Star Baptist Church in Pensacola under the pastorate of Rev. S.L. Leggett. In 1939, he moved to Birmingham, Alabama, were he joined Zion Spring Baptist Church in 1942, under the pastorate of the Late Rev. Dr. E.J. Minnefield. He was educated in the public school system of Birming­ham. He dropped out of high school to enlist in the United States Marine Corps.

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James Wilson:an Original Montford Pointer of the Philadelphia Chapter passed on Friday November 14th 2008.  Mr. Wilson was a staunch and well loved chapter member for many, many years.

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Walter Thompson: Original Montford Pointer and contributor to the first Montford Point documentary in the mid 1990’s passed recently.  Walter was a very long time member of the Saint Louis Chapter and until recently a regular attendee at both the Spring Council and National Conventions.  I will miss Walter regaling us with his colorful stories about Montford Point.

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Samuel Campbell: A long time member and supporter of the Philadelphia Chapter died suddenly on New Years Eve 2008 in his home.  Sam was 67 years old.  The Philadelphia Chapter met at Sam’s home every month.  Sam always had his basement expertly set up to conduct our meetings which usually ended in a meal that he prepared.  Sam will be missed by all who knew himL Sam’s going home ceremony was in the same church that we said farewell to Captain Fred Branch 4 years ago and it was packed to the rafters with family and friends.

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Mrs. Ruth Hamilton:  Wife of original Montford Pointer and long time MPMA Hall of Famer and Chicago Chapter member Harry Hamilton recently passed away in Chicago.  Mrs. Hamilton was also a founder and very long time member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Montford Point Marine Association.

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James Oglethorpe Jackson

An original Montford Pointer he fought in three (3) wars during his honorable service to this country (WWII, Korea and Vietnam). died on Sunday December 7th 2008. Atlanta Chapter President Linda Sykes led a contingent of members in Lagrange, Georgia to pay final tribute to this American Pioneer and Georgia native.

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Richard “Dick” Woodard  An Original Montford Pointer deceased October 2008 Services were conducted at Largo Community Church Mitchilville, Maryland 20721 Those wishing to extend condolences can do so via 301-218-5155 Ms. Perquita Woodard

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Myron E. Ludvick  an Original Montford Pointer who was a member of the New York Chapter. Myron passed away peacefully on July 6, 2008 in Florida. A memorial service was held July, 2008 at Baldauff Family Funeral Home. Myron was survived by his wife and daughter.

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1MSgt Harold A. Williams Passed away Sep 11, 2008. He lived in San Bernardino , CA.  He was born in Hodges, S.C. on June 29, 1932. He is survived by his wife Shirley.

 

 

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James H. King, Sr.

March 8, 1928 - August 29, 2008

James H. King, Sr. enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on 11 July 1946. He-entered the military as a Montfort Point Marine the first blacks to serve in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1942-1949 which became desegregated a short time later. He served honorably as a Private First Class – General Clerk during this period.

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Wednesday 13 Aug 08 Mr. Obadiah Samuel Poe, 85 years old passed away at his residence in Albany, Ga.  Mr. Poe was one of the original Montford Point Marines. 

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Mr. Obadiah Samuel Poe was born October 12, 1922 in Bennettsville, South Carolina.  The family relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where Obadiah grew up and matriculated in the Philadelphia School system.  With the outbreak of World War II, Mr. Poe joined the United States Marine Corps and served honorable as a Radio Operator. Mr. Poe married Lucy Newton on 10 March 1979 at the House of Prayer Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Pa.  Mr. and Mrs. Poe moved to Albany, Ga; they joined Saint Mark's Episcopal Church he served as  Deacon and remain faithful members.  He also served as a Boy Scout Leader.  Mr. Poe ran track for Temple University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  He received numerous  awards such as the Toastmasters Award 1972-1974, Marine Corps Federal Length of Service for 30 years, and Certificate of Retirement for Federal Service 39 years on October 31, 1984. 
 
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Members of the Montford Point Marine Association  May 31, 2008           

Funeral Services for: GySgt. Andrew Stallworth USMC Ret. (Original) Montford Pointer (Los Angeles Chapter #8). Passed on May 24, 2008, Served USMC from 1946-1966,
DOB 06-02-1930

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Wallace H. Franklin

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Dear Montford Point Marines,

I’m writing this letter to notify you that one of the original members of the Montford Point Marines, Wallace H. Franklin A.K.A. “Sarge” passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 in Louisville, KY.    Mr.  Franklin was 84 Years Old.

Mr. Franklin was my cousin.

Sincerely,

Leondra J. Major

 

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Mr. Hubbie James

Hubbie James - another Montford Pointer will be laid to rest 29 January 2008, Mr. James passed on Friday 25 January 2008.   Hubbie played with the Band as a trumpeter and other notable forums and venues around the country. His late son was the in-famous "Karate Joe" (Steve James) in many of the so called exploitation films of the 70's.

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Mr. Berthond Potts Bert Potts

 

Bert passed away on 21 Jan 08, in Chicago, IL. Mr. Potts was a founding member of Chicago Chapter 2 and original Montford Point Marine.
 

 

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Mr. William E. (Bill) Washington

William (Bill) WashingtonMr. Washington was truly a giant among Montford Pointers tirelessly telling the st roy to whomever would listen. A news article about Mr Washington on our web has been posted recently. We encourage all to take another look at it.  Mr Washington will be sorely missed by all of us. William E. Washington, one of the first African-Americans to serve in the Marine Corps, died Monday (Dec. 17, 2007) of a stroke at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He was 82 and a resident of University City.

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SgtMaj Augustus "Gus" Willis

December 21, 1937 - August 31,2007

August Willis

TAPS:  Many of you already know that the Association lost a very special member Sergeant Major (retired) Augustus “Gus” Willis.  Gus served in many capacities during his many years with the Association including Chapter President of the San Diego Chapter and most recently as our Convention Delegate Chair.  Gus was responsible to the Association for ensuring that an accurate count of members was done to issue the delegate votes whenever a vote was needed, especially for our election of officers.  Gus took his responsibilities very seriously to make sure we were in compliance with the National By-Laws.  Many members of the San Diego and Los Angeles Chapters attended the memorial services for Gus.

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Mr. Charles H. Hamilton

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July 2, 1925 - October 27, 2006

Charles Herbert Hamilton Jr., was born July 2. 1925., in Mt. City, IL to Charles Herbert Sr. and Mae Robinson Hamilton. He graduated from Scott High School in 1943 in Toledo Ohio.

Charles was most proud of his service in the U.S. Marine Corps serving with 4th Marine Ammo Co. 5th Field Depot and participated in military operations in Guam during World War II. Soon after his military service, he was honorably discharged. The pride of his service to his country and in the Marine Corps stayed in his heart during his entire life. He soon after became employed with Toledo Edison Company as a boiler operator and after 20 years he retired in 1987.  Mr. Hamilton continued his devotion and faith the St. Marks Baptist Church where served as a Decon and continuously made himself available to work for the church.

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Mr. Clifford Leslie White, Sr.

August 8, 1924 - May 10, 2005

he voluntarily enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was an original Montford Point Marine in the 51st Defense Battalion; an historical unit that integrated United States Marine Corps. As a black man, he rose to the prestigious rank of Sergeant First Class. During world War II, he served our country in the South Pacific. He served in the Korean war conflict as well as two tours of duty during the Vietnam Conflict. He received numerous honors for his heroic diligence. He retired from the military after 31 years of service. After an honorable discharge, he held several positions in the business industry but settled in the law enforcement arena in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a charter member of the Baltimore City School Police Force.

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Mr. Louis Roundtree (Sergeant Major Ret.)

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1931 - 8 July 2004

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Mr. Sylvester Hood, Sr.

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November 29, 1918 - February 21, 2003

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Mr. Joseph Lawrence Stegall, Sr.

May 07, 1924 - April 14, 2002

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Albert E Montgomery

Mr. Albert E Montgomery, Sr.

September 23, 1928 - January 31, 2001

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MGySgt Brooks E. Gray

December 27, 1925 - October 08, 2000

Brooks GrayBrooks E. Gray, who helped form the Montford Point Marine Association to preserve the heritage of the wartime black Marines, has spoken of the "pride mixed with bitterness" experienced by the African-Americans who wore the uniform of the Marine Corps during World War II.

 

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December 7, 2000

Fred Washington Sr.

            Retired MGySgt Fred Washington Sr., one of the first African American Marines trained at Montford Point, North Carolina, died Tuesday 2 November 2000, at the age of 87. Montford Point, now known as Camp Johnson, was the training base for all African American men who joined the Marine Corps between 1942 and 1949.

            Fred Washington was born Oct. 12, 1913 in Ritter, S.C. He attended Beaufort County Training School and Beaufort Adult School. At 31, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he was trained as a steward, eventually working as an enlisted aide for both the Assistant Commandant and Commandant of the Marine Corps.

            During his tenure in the Marine Corps, Washington earned many awards, certificates, and medals. His success took him to his final duty as Chief of Instruction of Special Mess Training School of Marine Corps Service Support School, from where he retired in 1970.

Washington felt community involvement was very important, so much so that an organization was named for him. The Fred Washington Sr. Women's Relief Corps provides aid and assistance to women experiencing difficulties. Washington was also a member of Grace Chapel A.M.E. Church where he was active in the Lay Organization of the Seventh Episcopal District, Sunday school, Economic Development Fund Drive and was a former trustee.  He also served as a commissioner for Beaufort Housing Authority and Beaufort Community Development Commission, was president of Beaufort Sons of Veterans, a board member of Boys & Girls Club of Beaufort, a member of Beaufort Democratic Party, Beaufort Chapter of the NAACP, American Legion, Beaufort County Training School Alumni Association and Montford Point Marine Association.

            Washington was survived by his wife Sheldonia of Lady's Island; six daughters, Louise Heron and Dr. LaFrance Ferguson of Beaufort, Delo Washington and Fredrica Cooper of Stockton, Calif., Roslyn Sylvester of Davis, Calif., and Alice Washington of Oakland, Calif.; two sons, Kenneth Washington of Los Angeles, Calif. and Fred Washington Jr. of Beaufort; and nine grandchildren.

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Sgt. Ezra Kelley

September 4, 1919 - July 3, 2000

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ARTHUR P. YARBOROUGH

21 June 1924 - 4 October 1997

A native of Louisburg, N.C., Mr. Yarborough was a U.S. Marine, Montford Point, during World War II, he entered the Marine Corps on 20 April 1943 and had perform the duties of Shoe Repairman, Clerk and then that of an NCO with the Rank of Sergeant (E-5) and would also go on to   participate in the Pacific Theater and to be later Honorably discharged on 15 December 1945.

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During World War II Stewart volunteered for the U.S. Marines in 1943 and was assigned to the Fifty-first Defense Battalion. He achieved the rank of steward first class and was discharged honorably in December 1945.

Mr. James E. Stewart

September 6, 1912 - April 13, 1997

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Mr. Benjamin F. Burton

July 7, 1925 – December 15, 1993

Mr. Benjamin Buton was born 7 July 1925 in Omaha Nabraska, on 9 November 1943 he enlisted in the Marine Corps and Was sent to Camp Montford Point where he was assigned to Company B Recruit Depot Battalion Nov 28 1943 MB, New River, North Carolina. On January 27, 1944, Private Benjamin received his highest rank of Private First Class, on February 1944 he was joined to school Company Headquarters Battalion, on Mar 1944, he then assigned to the 36th Provisional Band Headquarters Battalion, on March 20, 1944 he then was assigned to Headquarters and Service Battery, 52nd Defense Battalion Fleet Marine Forces (FMF). From this point Private First Class Benjamin, was deployed to the field via Winged Arrow on September 21, 1944 on May 21, 1946 he was promoted to Corporal, on March 26 1946 it is believed he received his promotion from in the field via the USS Wakefield.  On May 15, 1946 his designation was changed to Headquarters and Service Battery, 3rd Anti Aircraft Artillery Battalion, soon thereafter on May 17, 1946 he was joined to 2nd Casualty Company Montford Point. On May 21, 1946, Corporal Benjamin Burton was Honorably Discharged from the United States Marine Corps.  Prior to Mr. Benjamin enlisted in the Marine Corps, he worked as a Formal Waiter serving patron’s food in the Rail Road Dinning Car, while working for the Union Pacific Rail Road in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Mr. Willine Stewart

NORTH AUGUSTA – Willine Stewart died Saturday. October 21, 1989 in Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Born in 1915, Mr. Stewart 74 was a native of Edgefield County. He had retired as a civil service worker from Fort Gordon. He was a member of Old Macedonia Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and an usher.  He was a Marine Corps veteran and a past Chaplain of American Legion Post No. 232, North Augusta.

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Mr. William Baxter Gaines, Sr.

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Alfred Masters

February 5, 1916 - June 16, 1975

Alfred masters participated in the Marshal Islands and the Marianna Islands during WWII. During his tenure with the Marines he also was assigned as a cook, and rose tho the rank of Technical Sergeant.

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Died on the Island of Iwo Jima

Pvt James Wilkins

Pvt. James Wilkins of Humboldt was killed on Iwo Jima

December 5, 1925 - February 25, 1945

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HISTORY OF

TAPS

Most of us in North America have all heard the haunting song, "Taps". It's theFlag Presenter song that gives us that lump in our throats and usually tears in our eyes. But, do you know the story behind the song?


Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison 's Landing in Virginia. The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land. During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention.


Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment. When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead. The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out.  Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army.


The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted.


The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral. The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate. But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician.


The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth's uniform. This wish was granted. The haunting melody, we now know as "Taps" used at military funerals was born. The words are:


Day is done ... Gone the sun
From the lakes ... From the hills ...
From the sky. All is well.
Safely rest .. God is nigh.


Fading light .. Dims the sight ...
And a star ... Gems the sky
Gleaming bright. From afar ..
Drawing nigh. Falls the night.


Thanks and praise ... For our days
Neath the sun ... Neath the stars...
Neath the sky. As we go
This we know .. God is nigh

….  never knew the story behind the song and didn't know whether you had it either,…..

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Guide on the Side - Final Words: Delivering a Eulogy

The death of a family member, close friend or colleague, whether expected or unexpected, always comes as a shock and stirs unfamiliar emotions of loss. We are never ready for the passing and even less ready to speak at the funeral or memorial service. Yet delivering a eulogy is a rewarding and healing experience. The trick is to know how to prepare. A eulogy is a great gift--to the deceased, other mourners and yourself. Offer it whenever there is an opportunity.

A eulogy is more difficult than other types of speaking because:

  • Waves of grief can sweep over us without warning making it physically difficult to speak.
  • Emotions interfere with our ability to think or remember what we want to say.
  • Public display of crying is considered a social taboo by many.
  • It must be delivered when we are still in the denial phase of the death.
  • Preparation time is very short.
  • The death may test our faith, evoke feelings of powerlessness or guilt.
  • Our culture does not prepare people for death as part of the natural life cycle.
  • There is little information on eulogies unlike other types of public speaking.

A eulogy is rewarding because it:

  • Creates a final positive affirmation of the passing.
  • Helps the healing and grieving process.
  • Brings a sense of closure to you and other mourners.
  • Puts inchoate feelings into words.
  • Celebrates a person's life.
  • Highlights your best memories of the deceased.
  • Stimulates positive memories in other mourners.
  • Praises the person and some aspect of the person's life.
  • Expresses your honest feelings of gratitude.
  • Affirms what we may learn from the person.
  • Is a final conversation with the deceased.

How to go about preparing a eulogy:

  • Decide that you can and will do it. This decision can be made long before the passing.
  • Know that you must write out what you plan to say in spoken language rather than written language. (See Guide on the Side: Speaking is from Venus, Writing is from Mars)
  • Find out if others are also preparing eulogies so that the memories can be orchestrated and cover all aspects of the person's life (work, family, hobbies)
  • Ask others, especially people unable to be at the service, for their memories/stories which you might use
  • Do not attempt to chronicle the person's entire life; share only a slice that you think is most memorable
  • Keep it positive
  • Keep it short, between 4 to 8 minutes
  • Use post-it notes to randomly collect your memories and find a theme (loved a challenge, legendary practical joker, great party giver)
  • After you identify the theme, select two or three related stories and begin to compose sentences writing in your speaking voice
  • Polish the language until it sounds like you talking and then memorize it.
  • Like other speeches, the eulogy has three parts: opening, middle and closing.
    • Opening: Identify yourself, your relationship to the deceased and your theme
    • Body: Include several personal stories relating to the theme
    • End: Return to the theme using a memorable image, metaphor, prop, quote from the deceased, line from a song or a short verse.

Example

"We are here to celebrate the life of xxx. My name is yyy and xxx was my boss for five years. I have many fond memories of working with him. He was a highly regarded judge but the memories I want to share with you is how he made a difference in my life as a triathlete coach. xxx was not an athlete. He didn't swim, run nor bike. He didn't even workout (some of you might think as I often did, that he should have), however he was a competitor and knew that competition is won in the head and heart. Let me tell you... [Story 1 and story 2]." [Close] "I am competing in my first Iron Man in 2 weeks and xxx will be there for me every mile, the best coach anyone ever had have."

Delivery

Although you may get an adrenaline rush before other types of speeches, the nervousness usually lasts only a few seconds and once you connect with the audience, you become comfortable. In an eulogy, you may lose control and begin to openly weep at any time. However, the two places that are of greatest concern are the opening and closing. One thing you can do is to design the eulogy so that emotionally loaded ideas do not come at these points. (Note in the example the opening is factual rather than emotional as the stories are likely to be.) As for weeping, be sure you have kleenex or handkerchiefs in your pockets. If you are overcome, pause, take a few deep breaths, drink some water (make sure you have it beforehand) and proceed when you are ready. The audience will understand that the emotion you show is natural.

Humor

Humor will relax yourself and the audience. Base it on the person's foibles or characteristics. For instance, Peggy was a person who could get things done--in the community, at home and at work. She didn't mind upsetting people to achieve her goals. Her ex-husband began her eulogy with this statement: "There isn't a person here today who knew Peggy who at sometime or another wasn't mad as hell at her--including me and our two sons." There was a roar of laughter. Even Peggy would have laughed. It was true. Peggy could be a pain but she knew how to accomplish things no one else could. Even when family, friends and neighbors were angry with her, they loved her. Her ex-husband, sons and neighbors all picked up on the "mad as hell" theme with their stories.

Helpful Hints

  • Take the text or outline of the text with you to speak. Even though you have memorized what you plan to say, emotion can cause you to unexpectedly blank out.
  • Print the text in a font large enough to read easily.
  • Take copies of the text as others, especially family, may want a copy.
  • Avoid raising the question "why?"
  • Do not rail against the accident/disease/unfairness that caused the death.
  • Avoid preparing an obituary or memorial for publication, both which summarize total life achievements rather than a only personalized segment. (There is a separate time and place for these.)
  • Bring props such as a favorite tennis racket, hat or musical instrument to invoke memories.
  • Add Garry Schaeffer's "A Labor of Love: How to Write a Eulogy", 2d edition to your reference collection. See http://www.eulogybook.com for the online version or hardcopy. This is one of the very few resources on eulogies and it is very inexpensive. Bookstores and libraries have little if anything for immediate guidance. It is comforting to find what you need on your bookshelf to help you find your final words.

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Bereavement counseling is assistance and support to people with emotional and psychological stress after the death of a loved one.  Bereavement counseling includes a broad range of transition services, including outreach, counseling, and referral services to family members.

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The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) offers bereavement counseling to parents, spouses and children of Armed Forces personnel who died in the service of their country.  Also eligible are family members of reservists and National Guardsmen who die while on duty.

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