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National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc.


The National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc., is a nonprofit Veterans Service Organization initially established in 1965. Our mission is to perpetuate the legacy of the first African Americans who entered the United States Marine Corps from the period of 1942 to 1949, and trained at a segregated training facility, Montford Point Camp, New River, North Carolina.

The Association works to improve the social conditions of veterans and their families by implementing programs to provide youth mentoring, educational scholarships, and assistance within the growing population of senior citizens.

On February 29, 2024, the National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc., was recognized by the United States Veterans Administration and approved as a Veterans Service Organization  for the purpose of preparing, presenting, and prosecuting claims under the laws administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Who is a montford point marine?

They are the first African-Americans to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps after President Franklin Roosevelt issues an Executive Order establishing the Fair Employment Practices Commission in June 1941.  The recruits trained at Camp Montford Point in Jacksonville, NC from August 26, 1942 until the camp was decommissioned on September 9, 1949. 

The largest number of black Marines to serve in combat during WW II took part in the seizure of Okinawa, with approximately 2,000 seeing action.

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Ambassador Theodore R. Britton Jr. visits Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., April 21, 2022.

Ambassador Britton enlisted in the Marine Corps in January of 1944 and attended recruit training at MCRD Montford Point (the recruit depot for all African Americans at the time). After graduating recruit training, Ambassador Britton went on to serve honorably in WWII and the Korean War. After his tenure with the Marine Corps, Britton was discharged at the rank of sergeant, before continuing his illustrious career into the federal government serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and Grenada, as well as the U.S. Special Representative to Antigua, Dominica, and several other countries, under the command of President Gerald R. Ford before resigning under President Jimmy Carter.

Now, 78 years later, Ambassador Britton stood aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. for the first time, taking his place amongst those Marines who all began at the yellow footprints.

             (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dakota Dodd)

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Check out the following topics for information on how you can become more involved with the Association.  Without the assistance of community minded individuals just like you, we would not be able to serve those in our community each year.

Recent News

Charlotte to change streets named for Confederate leaders

‘This is just one small step’

Charlotte City Council has been working on possible name changes for months, but a local group has been working on it long before that.

Phifer Avenue in uptown will soon have a different name thanks to the local chapter of the Montford Point Marines Association.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A former Negro League player and Montford Point Marine is calling a recent decision by Major League Baseball an honor.  

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