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.
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Click on each image below to hear Mr. John Amos’ narration of the historical facts of Montford Point and the achievements of the first African Americans to Join the United States Marine Corps.

 

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During a demonstration while training at Montford Point, Cpl Arvin L. "Tony" Ghazlo, instructor in unarmed combat, disarms his assistant, PFC Ernest Jones. National Archives Photo 127-N-5334
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Birthdays are (possibly) the most important date of the year to each of us.  Matching them with other people or events of the past is fun.  Connecting with the resemblance and differences are fascinating, and sometimes hold truths and indicators of our place in life.  The African American Registry® connects that special day with yesterday everyday!

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March 29  *On this date we remember the USS Mason, a WWII warship manned by a predominantly Blackcrew that served as a role model for the integration of U.S. Navy ships.  Though launched November 17, 1943 at Boston Navy Yard’s Pier 6, the ship wasn’t commissioned until March 1944. The USS Mason (DE-529) was a Destroyer Escort. Length: 289’5", Beam: 35’1", Draft: 11’10". Speed of 21 knots, with 6 officers, and 150 Black enlisted men. By the time the Mason was decommissioned; all the chief petty officers were Black. The ship escorted six convoys across the North Atlantic.

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