Twenty years following World War II, during August 1965, a reunion was organized by a group of enterprising Marine veterans and active duty Marines from Philadelphia. The purpose was to renew old friendships and share experiences of former comrades who received recruit training at Montford Point Camp, Camp Lejeune, New River, N.C. This group, chaired by then Master Gunnery Sergeant, Brooks E. Gray, USMC, held a meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., and formulated and developed plans for a National Reunion. The response was overwhelming and 400 Marines from all over the country convened at the Adelphia Hotel in Philadelphia. Consequently, the Montford Point Marine Association (MPMA), Inc. was established as a non-profit Veterans organization and was subsequently chartered in Pennsylvania in 1966. Brooks E. Gray (founding father) was elected as the Association's first National President.
Today the Association has 36 Chapters throughout the United States, additionally the Ladies Auxiliary boasts several Chapters. The MPMA Inc. is an affiliate member of the Marine Corps Veterans organization. Reunions are held to affirm their bonds to United Marine Corps, and to present awards and testimonials to expand its interest and service.
Through our growth and experiences, our association expanded its foundation on the idea of helping those in need. Ever since our growth, we have endeavored to provide help where the need is greatest.
Our association is made up entirely of members and volunteers. We advocate for those who need our help. Even a little help goes a long way.
That is why we are especially happy to find new members and volunteers who share our commitment to doing good in the world. Do you want to support us by helping with our work? Then do not hesitate to contact us. A helping hand is always greatly appreciated!
The NMPMA, Inc. creed
"To promote and preserve the strong bonds of friendship born from shared adversities and to devote ourselves to the furtherance of these accomplishments to ensure more peaceful times."
1. To preserve the legacy, and perpetuate the memory, spirit and comradeship developed through shared adversities by the original African American members of Montford Point Camp, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina between August 1942 and September 1949.
2. To support and promote activities for the social betterment and enlightenment of our communities through:
3. Participate and stimulate awareness of social and political concerns affecting our community. To these, and other tasks we dedicate ourselves.
NMPMA Scheduled Meetings
All teleconferences will begin promptly at the time listed below, per your geographical location:
2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
1:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST)
11:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Pocket Badge Cost $34.05