Montford Point

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.  

Montford Point Marine Association http://www.montfordpointmarines.com

We remember the brave Montford Point Marines who faced segregation in service for an opportunity to fight for our country during World War II.

Today, we honor the Montford Point Marines who were the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corp.  They overcame discrimination and segregation in service for an opportunity to fight for our country during World War II.  Wilmington resident Norman Preston is a hero, and World War II veteran.   At 91 years old, he is among our country’s first black Marines.

This week on the Down East Journal, we remember the brave Montford Point Marines who faced segregation in service for an opportunity to fight for our country during World War II.  And, conversation and music with Cabaret singer Deborah Boily about her upcoming benefit concert this weekend for the New Bern Civitan Club.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.