First African-American Marines To Be Honored At Camp Lejeune

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Camp Lejeune is honoring the first black Marines in a ceremony marking Montford Point Marine Day.

The ceremony is scheduled for Friday at Camp Johnson, formerly known as Montford Point. Camp Johnson is named after Sgt. Maj. Gilbert Johnson, one of the first blacks to join the Marines and a Montford Point drill instructor.

The Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools is hosting the ceremony to honor Montford Point Marines, who were established in 1942 by President Franklin Roosevelt during World War II. About 20,000 blacks were trained at Montford Point between 1942 and 1949.

Brigadier Gen. Terry Williams from Parris Island, South Carolina, will be the keynote speaker.

The ceremony is being held in advance of Montford Point Marine Day, which is Tuesday.

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