The Montford Point Marine Association (MPMA) is a military veteran's organization, founded to memorialize the legacy of the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps. The first African American Marines were trained at Camp Montford Point, in Jacksonville, North Carolina, from 1942 to 1949.
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To Contact the National President Click hereThe National Montford Point Marine Association is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit veterans organization, established to perpetuate the legacy of the first African Americans who entered the United States Marine Corps from 1942 to 1949 at Montford Point Camp, New River, North Carolina.

Membership in the Association is open to veterans and active members of all branches of the U. S. Armed Forces regardless of race, creed, or national origin. The purpose of the Association is to support educational assistance, veteran programs, and promotion of community services. The Association works to improve the social conditions of our veterans, local families, youth and the growing population of senior citizens.

The National Montford Point Marine Association, Incorporated currently consist of 42 chapters nationwide. Throughout the year, the association is busy with activities that create camaraderie, goodwill, and esprit de corps, both locally and nationally. The activities vary from chapter to chapter and include, but are not limited to youth programs, visits to various organizations and veteran support agencies as well as delivering food and much needed items to the sick and shut in during times of distress.

As we prepare to embark upon the 50th year National Convention and anniversary, we are focused on seeing our next initiatives come to fruition. This project is designed for the preservation of the legacy of the Montford Point Marines, forever anchoring their legacy on hallowed grounds. The Montford Point Marine Monument is an epic National treasure.

The National Montford Point Marines Memorial Project ground breaking ceremony will take place in February 2015 with construction beginning in the spring of 2015. When completed, this project will serve as a fitting memorial on behalf of the military legacy of Black Americans and the effect of Executive Order #8802 which allowed Blacks to be recruited to the Marine Corps. It will also serve as a reminder of the sacrifices and to honor the over 20,000 African American Marines who trained on the hallowed grounds of Camp Montford Point and on to fight for the "Right to Fight” in WWII.

The projects serve to honor and solidify the dedication, perseverance, and bravery of our Montford Point Marines. Each day brings further progress to the completion of our goal, however we cannot complete this project without your help.

For more information, please click on the project name to view the monument and track our progress.

The Montford Point Marine Association also consists of the Ladies Auxiliary. Membership in the Ladies Auxiliary is open to wives, daughters, sisters, and mothers of members or former members of the United States Armed Forces. If you have any questions or would like more information click here.

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Email: National President or Phone: (540) 288-6129


The National Montford Point Marines Monument Project

To construct a fitting memorial to honor the 20,000 African American Marines who fought for the "Right to Fight” and to educate and inspire youth and Marines (Past / Present / Future) and instill the value of perseverance.

It has been the goal of MPMA to progressively expand awareness of the Montford Point Marines by educating and inspiring Americans through the Montford Point Marine (MPMA) National Museum, books, and an on-going PBS documentary with Louis Gossett Jr. The mission is To construct a fitting memorial to honor the 20,000 African American Marines who fought for the "Right to Fight” and to educate and inspire youth and Marines (Past/ Present/Future) and instill the value of perseverance. Click on the memorial design image to learn more and look at the proposed design.

Here you will also be afforded the opportunity to make a donation foMilitary Memorial Plaques  Impact Signs is a leading architectural sign company. We design produce and install custom signs, business signs, and corporate office signs. Our clients come in all sizes, from large global corporate offices, to local businesses nationwide. We look forward to working with you.r Memorial Plaque and or Cast Bronze Plaque. click on the two links and read more on the plaques. Your Donation will go a long way in helping us complete this Memorial. As an independent non-profit organization, Montford Point Marine Association is not financially supported by any university or governmental agency.

Please make your donation gift to the Montford Point Marines. Your financial contribution will support our efforts to share a history that must be remembered and preserved. We accept PayPal, Check, Credit Card or Money Order. We do not sell or rent email addresses to other organizations, Your contribution transaction is fully secure and confidential throught PayPal.


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USNS Montford Point Takes On Legacy, Leads New Class of Navy Ships



United States Naval Ship Montford Point was christened by Jackie Bolden, wife of retired Marine Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden, the current administrator of NASA, in San Diego March 2. The ship was named after the Montford Point Marines, who were the first African American Marines to officially attend Marine recruit training in the the 1940s. Read more:


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On 14 June 2012, The National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc., National President, Dr. James T. Averhart, Jr. and the Chief Executive Officer of the Marine Corps Association & Foundation, MGen (ret) Mr. Ed Usher stand together as Mr. Usher presented a check for the amount of $ 24,722.50. 

The MCA&F assisted in a coordinated effort to rally additional sponsors to donate to the worthy cause of funding the purchase of Congressional Gold Medal, Bronze Replicas to present to each living Montford Point Marine veteran or their direct lineal descendants who attended the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony held on June 28, 2012 at Marine Barracks, Washington.

The presentation of the replica medals was made possible by the Marine Corps Association Foundation and Marine Corps Association & Foundation member, Mr. Manuel Carazo, in coordination with a donation from Marine Federal Credit Union and a matching grant from the Tawani Foundation. Additional donation was sponsored by the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, SgtMaj Pete Hass Chairman

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The National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. has teamed up with filmmaker Raj Amit Kumar and his independent production and distribullon company, Dark Frames,for a feature film titled, Black Boots.


The National Montford Point Marines Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Overview

In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order # 8802 allowing African Americans to be recruited into the United States Marine Corps.  African American recruits received basic training at Camp Montford Point, NC.

From 1942 to 1949,   African American recruits trained at a segregated training base called Camp Montford Point.  Of those Marines over 13,000 served overseas during World War II .  Most were assigned to ammunition and Depot companies and charge with the duties of carrying ammunition and supplies to the front lines and return the  wounded and dead to the transport ships.  At the end of the war all but 1,500 Montford Point Marines were discharged at the convenience of the government. 

In July of 1948, President Harry S. Truman issued Executive Order # 9981 negating segregation and in September 1949, Montford Point was deactivated ending seven years of segregation. In 1974, the camp was renamed Camp Johnson after SgtMaj. Gilbert "Hashmark" Johnson, one of the first African Americans to join the Marine Corps and also one of the first African American Marine Drill Instructors. To date, this base is the first and only Marine Corps installation to be named after an African American.

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor bestowed by congress for distinguished achievement.  The President of the United States, President Barack Obama signed into law, the legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Montford Point Marines on 23 November 2011.  This award recognizes the Montford Point Marines’ contributions to the Marine Corps and the United States of America. 

Approximately Seventy years ago,   African American men had the courage to accept a challenge that would change the course of history; men who paved the way for you and I, men who came from all walks of life, men who had to fight for the right to fight.  They were true heroes who would go on to fight at Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Saipan, and the Marinas Islands just to name a few. Some even paid the ultimate sacrifice by laying down their lives for this country and fellow Marines during a time of adversity and despondency when they were neither accepted by the Marines Corps nor their own country for which they served.
They endured racial discrimination and disrespect because of the color of their skin.  These men fought and died for their country while at war.  Despite their disparate treatment,  these men proved themselves worthy of the title, Marine. Thirteen Montford Point Marines were killed in action (KIA) in World War II.

The sacrifices of these men,  paved the way for other minorities and women to be integrated into the Marine Corps.  By their sacrifice Montford Point Marines engineered social and cultural change in the Marine Corps that created a lasting impact and has contributed to the success of the United States Marine Corps today. 

After WWII approximately 1,500 Montford Point Marines left the Marine Corps and resumed their civilian lives and occupation.  They used the leadership and training experiences learned in the Marine Corps to integrate and transition to productive successful citizens.  The United States did not begin to end legally sanctioned segregationist laws (Jim Crow Laws) until 1954 with the Supreme Court case of Brown v.  Board of Education for the City of Topeka, Kansas which ended the policy of "Separate but Equal" racial segregation of secondary schools in the United States.  Many Montford Point Marines were leaders in the American civil rights movement.  Their successes outside the Marine Corps are just as much a part of the Marine Corps legacy as their service within the Corps. 

The National Montford Point Marine Association has established contact with over 740 Original Montford Point Marines and family members of deceased Montford Point Marines. There was approximately 434 OMPM’s in attendance for the Congressional Gold Medal awards ceremony in Washington, DC.  There was nearly 35 next of kin of OMPM’s who accepted the CGM on behalf of the OMPM who died since 23 November 2011, when the President signed the bill into law awarding the CGM to the MPM’s.

The Congressional Gold Medal was awarded to the Montford Point Marines on 27 June 2012, at the Capital Visitors Center, Washington, DC in Emancipation Hall.  Original Montford Point Marine, 1stSgt Jack McDowell accepted the Congressional Gold Medal for the Montford Point Marines and gave rousing speech. With the completion of this initiative, it will forever serve as a fitting symbol honoring the legacy of Black Marines and the effect of Executive Order #8802 which allowed Blacks to be recruited  in the United States Marine Corps. It will also serve as a reminder of the sacrifices , and to honor the 20,000 African American Marines who trained on the hallowed grounds of  Camp Montford Point and on to fight for the "Right to Fight” .  The Congressional Gold Medal serves to honor and solidify the dedication, perseverance, and bravery of  the Montford Point Marines.






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NMPMA Scheduled Meetings

21 March, 2015

16-19 April, 2015: 50th Year Anniversary, National Spring Council

All teleconferences will begin promptly at the time listed below, per your geographical location:

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The United States Marine Corps only selects the best and the brightest to join its ranks, just like the players selected for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. The Marine Corps partners with a third-party recruiting professional to select elite high-school athletes for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. In addition to being among the top-rated football players in the nation, the selection process is also dedicated to choosing players

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MCA&F recognizes Marine excellence in a wide range of endeavors and in particular supports the development of critical thinking in military affairs. MCA&F sponsors several types of writing awards to encourage Marines to disseminate ideas and explore issues to improve the Corps.

Tawani Foundation’s vision is to affect significant transformation of organizations and educational programs that enrich knowledge, preserve military heritage, improve health and wellness and conserve unique sites for enduring positive impact on individuals, communities and societies.

OUR MISSION:  To encourage the spiritual, moral, intellectual and physical development of children through education. This Foundation was formed in February of 1995 by former Marines and law enforcement personnel who strongly believe that our nation's most precious resource is its youth.

Marine FCU was chartered in April of 1959. Our humble beginnings … a chicken-wired area in one of the warehouses aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Under the watchful eye of our volunteer Board of Directors, we have grown to be a large, full service institution dedicated to the financial success of our members and a proud civic partner in our community. You can count on us!


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The Marine Corps Veterans Association serves Marines current and past, those who survived and those who did not, those still injured and those doing well. We look out for our Marines, and we remind all Americans to honor the awesome sacrifices Marines made for them. This Association has made a charitable contribution towards the MPMA Memorial Fund.




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