The ViacomCBS Veterans Network would like to recognize and salute our black veterans for
Black History Month.
Following executive order 8802, the Fair Employment Practice in Defense Industries Act under President Roosevelt, there were droves of applicants from the African-American community to enlist in the military, and specifically the United States Marine Corps. The first recruits could not report to either San Diego or Parris Island for Boot Camp due to racial segregation, so land from Montford Point just outside of Camp Lejeune was set aside to train these courageous men in 1942.
Training under substandard living conditions, the men trained ferociously despite discrimination. They were told they would have to train twice as hard to prove they were worthy of the title of United States Marine. The graduates would go on to distinguish themselves across the Pacific theater. Battles such as Saipan, Guam, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. Some of the Montford Point Marines would go on to serve in the Korean War and Vietnam, distinguishing themselves and forging a proud path into American Military History.
We salute the Montford Point Marines and the sacrifices they made.