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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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The City Council for Rockford, IL voted to change the name of Ogilby Road, to honor Homer Hempstead, the first African American from Rockford to become a Montford Point Marine.
Stanley "Curly" Thompson, Chapter #41 President, stated that the new road name will recognize a group that shaped the nation's future.
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