On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, all across the nation, veterans and supporters wore military uniforms, T-Shirts, Ball caps, buttons, wristbands and waving banners bearing the various logos and emblems representing the Montford Point Marines. On July 22, 2010, a Senate Resolution passed designating August 26th as “Montford Point Marines Day” to honor the contributions made by the first 20,000 African-Americans who served in the Marine Corps during WWII and were sent to train at the segregated Boot Camp at Montford Point Camp, New River, NC near Camp Lejeune during the years 1942-1949.
In 2012, nearly 400 surviving Montford Point Marines were presented the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, DC by President Barack Obama. In March 2013, the U. S. Navy christened the first Mobile Landing Platform in the fleet in their honor: USNS Montford Point (MLP-1) in San Diego, CA. Four of these historical military figures reside in Savannah: Mr. Samuel Berksteiner, Mr. Reginald Brown, Rev. Willie Outler and Retired Lt. John A. White (the last surviving member of the Savannah Original Nine Black Police Officers).
To learn more about them visit: www.montfordpointmarines.org.