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Jacksonville in Onslow County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Montford Point

Jackson•Onslow African-American Heritage Trail

Montford Point Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 16, 2014
1. Montford Point Marker
Acquired by the government with the rest of Camp Lejeune, Montford Point became the site of the first training camp for African American Marines. Executive Order 8802, issued by President Franklin Roosevelt on June 25, 1941, ensured full participation in the nation’s defense, opening the door for blacks to enter the United States Marine Corps. Instruction began in the summer of 1942 for a small number of eager recruits such as Arnold R. Bostic, who later recalled that after the first tough day of training, his platoon “decided we are going to complete boot camp and become Marines no matter how hard they made it for us, or what anyone said.”

The training site for more than 22,000 African American Marines, Montford Point was deactivated on September 9, 1949. President Truman’s Executive Order 9981, issued earlier that year, effectively ended racial segregation in the armed forces. In 1974, in honor of Sgt. Major Gilbert H. “Hashmark” Johnson, Montford Point became Camp Johnson, the first military installation to be named after an African-American Marine.

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of the Montford Point Marines laid the foundation for equal opportunity in the United States Marine Corps.

In recognition of their contributions, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Montford Point Marines on 23 November 2011.

(center) Gilbert “Hashmark” Johnson guides one of his Marines at Montford Point
(right) Drill Instructor Edgar Huff with one of the many platoons he trained.
Erected by Onslow County, Jacksonville•Onslow Chamber of Commerce, Onslow County Museum. (Marker Number J 7.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #33 Harry S. Truman, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #44 Barack Obama series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1862.
Location. 34° 44.85′ N, 77° 24.882′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, North Carolina, in Onslow County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Montford Landing Road and Lejeune Boulevard, on the left when traveling south. The marker is on the grounds of the Beirut Memorial. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonville NC 28540, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Beirut Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Onslow County 9/11 Memorial
Montford Point Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 16, 2014
2. Montford Point Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Montford Point (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Operation Desert Storm Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Onslow Raid (approx. 1½ miles away); Edward B. Dudley (approx. 1½ miles away); New River Aviation Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); Julius Valentine Hofmann (approx. 8.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 461 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 14, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 8, 2023