Montford Point Memories: John R. Thompson

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We continue our PRE series, “Montford Point Memories,” honoring the legacy of the first African American Marines who were trained at Camp Montford Point in Jacksonville.  Today, we hear from 93-year-old John R. Thompson who grew up in Kannapolis, North Carolina.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943 following the attack on Pearl Harbor.


The entire interview with Mr. Thompson will soon be archived in the Military Collections at the State Archives of North Carolina in Raleigh.