LA Roundtable #72: The Montford Point Marines - Oct 02, 2012

In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order No. 8802 establishing the fair employment practices that began to erase discrimination in the Armed Forces. As a result, the Marine Corps set up a “separate but equal” training center for black Marines called Montford Point, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Approximately 20,000 African American men received basic training at Montford Point between 1942 and 1949. Later they became fully integrated into the Marine Corps, and helped to integrate civilian communities across the country. Many served long careers in the Corps, and fought in wars from World War II through Vietnam. Three Montford Camp Marine Corps veterans join us to relive their historic experiences.