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Fighting for the right to fight: history of the Montford Point Marines

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Fighting for the right to fight: A History of the Montford Point Marines, a presentation by Sergeant Major Melvin Chestnut (retired).
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African Americans were first allowed into the United States Marine Corps in 1942, and from then until 1948, when President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order for the military corps to integrate, African-Americans recruited into the Marine Corps experienced basic training in a segregated boot camp at Montford Point, North Carolina, near Jacksonville. Sergeant Major Melvin Chestnut, a member of the Montford Point Marine Association, discusses the history of Montford Point and the veterans who were trained there. Chestnut retired in 2008 after 30 years of honorary service in the United States Marines and lives in San Diego. Gale Etschmaier, Dean of Library and Information Access, and Gloria L. Rhodes, Outreach Librarian, provide the introduction to Chestnut. Three Montford alumni who won the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2012 were introduced and spoke about their experiences: Joe Earl Jackson, Carrel Reavis, and J. T. Inge. Other members of the San Diego Chapter of the Montford Point Marine Association seen and introduced were Robert Lewis, president, Ed Marbrey, William Glover, Charlie Lewis, Walter Washington, and Charles Greene.
United States Marine Corps; Melvin Chestnut; Montford Point Marines; Montford Point Marine Association, Inc.; Montford Point; Segregation; Camp Gilbert H. Johnson; Veterans; Robert Lewis; Joe Earl Jackson; United States Congressional Medal of Honor; Carrel Reavis; J. T. Inge; Camp Lejeune
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