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When America Needed Their Help, These Special Marines Enlisted Despite Adversity

The Montford Point Marines story is one of heroism, glory and meritorious service. Their valor was evident from the moment they became Montford Point Marines. This video tells an American story. It is about brave men who wanted to serve the nation in time of war, but who had to bravely fight the challenges of racism and segregation in order to do so.

From 1942-1949 they trained in that swampy camp, segregated from their white peers, often undergoing conditions and training that was more challenging than their white peers. After boot camp at Montford Point, these newly minted Marines went into war in the Pacific and were recognized for their skill, their commitment and their great heroism.

Those Marines rose to prominence, despite the indignities of racism and segregation. They did so with their blood, their sweat, and their tears. Their honor, courage, and commitment to the Marine Corps, to the country, and to themselves made it possible for hundreds of thousands like them to serve the country and the Corps. Last year, the Montford Point Marines still living were awarded The Congressional Gold Medal in ceremonies at the White House.

The Veterans Site honors the courage and the dedication of the Montford Point Marines and what they did for God, Country, and the Corps.

Semper Fi, Marines. Ooorah!

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.