Montford Point Marines

A Step Back in History

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(Additional photos coming!)

 

Row One

 Howard P. Perry, the first African-American to report to Montford Point on August 26, 1942  (Defense Dept. Photo)

 51st Defense Battalion, 58th Platoon.  Front row center is my father, James Albert Ferren.

51st Defense Battalion, 279th Platoon.  Top row second from left is Leroy Dandridge.

Montford Point Marines receiving demolition training before deployment - February 1945.  (National Archives Photo)

Row Two

Montford Point Marines receiving demolition training before deployment - February 1945.  (National Archives Photo)

During a demonstration while training at Montford Point, Cpl. Arvin L. "Tony" Ghazlo, instructor in unarmed combat, disarms his assistant, PFC Ernest Jones.  (National Archives Photo)

Clearing an obstacle on the way to earning the right to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps. (Dept. of Defense Photo).

A closeup of my father, James Albert Ferren, from the 51st Defense Battalion photo in row 1.

Row Three

51st Defense Battalion - 58th Platoon - from my father's album.

My father, James Albert Ferren (left) training at Montford Point.

Another photo from my father's album.  He's on the left.

Hashmark Johnson doing his thing.  (Dept. of Defense Photo)

Row 4

'The Great White Father' - Col. Samuel A. Woods, Jr.  First commanding officer of the 51st Defense Battalion. (Dept. of Defense Photo)

Henry Baul who reported to Montford Point October, 1942.

Annie Grimes who was the third African-American woman to join the Corps and the first to become an officer.

James Albert Ferren in his dress blues

Row 5

Major General Arnold Fields.

Major General Clifford L. Stanley

Major General Charles F. Bolden

Sgt. Major Alford L. McMichael - 14th Sgt. Major of the Marine Corps and the first African American to hold this office.

Row 6

Myself with Leroy Dandridge (51st Defense Battalion and Brooks Gray (52nd Defense Battalion) wearing their original dress blues!

Captain and Mrs. Fred Branch, our first African-American commissioned officer.

Master Gunnery Sgt. Brooks E. Gray under and President Emeritus MPMA