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Training at Monford Point

African-American recruits received training at Montford Point
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MCB Camp Lejeune
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Computed Name: Lance Cpl. Adam Johnston

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - (Feb. 17, 2006) -- Prior to World War II, the Marine Corps’ policy concerning African-Americans was one of zero tolerance. According to a set of rules approved by the Secretary of War in 1798, no Negro, Mulatto or Indian men were allowed to enlist. But with the proclamation of Executive Order 8802 on June 25, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt effectively opened the door for blacks to serve in any branch of the U.S. military.

“I do hereby reaffirm the policy of the United States that there shall be no discrimination in the employment of workers in defense industries or government because of race, creed, color or national origin,” reads Executive Order 8802.

Even though the Marine Corps was being forced to open its ranks to African-Americans, nothing in the order specifically prohibited the practice of segregation within the services. This is where Montford Point Camp originated.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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