The Montford Point Marines were the first
African-Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps. The black Marines
were segregated at Montford Point Camp to train between 1942-1949. The men
served in all-black units, mostly in the Pacific Theater, and distinguished
themselves while battling racism from within and enemies from without. The Montford Point Marines are often
hailed as important figures in American history, because they willingly fought
to protect a nation that still did not offer them basic civil rights. The Montford Point Marines helped to integrate the armed forces and to encourage
respect for African-American men and women in the armed forces.