Montford Point Memories

Mondays at 7:45 during Morning Edition and at 4:45 during All Things Considered.

Credit Montford Point Marine Association

PRE honors the legacy of the Montford Point Marines in a series called Montford Point Memories.  We’ll hear from the brave men who were among the first African-Americans to serve in the Marine Corp. Public Radio East will donate the unedited interviews to be archived at the Military Collections at the State Library of North Carolina in the coming months. Montford Point Memories is made possible by PRE members.

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.


G. Taylor/National Montford Point Marine Association

Our "Montford Point Memories" series, honoring the legacy of the first African-Americans in the Marine Corps, continues with recollections from 93-year-old Edwin Fizer Jr. 

PRE honors the legacy of the Montford Point Marines in a new series called Montford Point Memories.  We’ll hear from the brave men who were among the first African-Americans to serve in the Marine Corp. 

G. Taylor/National Montford Point Marine Association

Last month, the National Montford Point Marine Association held their annual convention in Jacksonville with special events to honor the first African Americans in the Marine Corp.