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First African-American Marine

First African-American Marine

Breaking a tradition of 167 years, the U.S. Marine Corps started enlisting Negroes on June 1, 1942. The forst class of 1200 Negro volunteers began their training 3 months later a members of the 51st Composite Defense Battalion at Montford Point, a section of the 200-square mile Marine Base, Camp LeJuene, a New River, North Carolina. The first Negro to enlist was Howard P. Perry shown here.

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