Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
On June 1, 1942, the United States Marine Corps accepted the enlistment of African American recruits for the first time since the Revolutionary War, ending approximately 159 years of strict prohibition of African American enlistments. Over 19,000 African Americans served in the Marine Corps during the Second World War and are now referred to as the “Montford Point Marines,” named after the segregated camp in North Carolina where they were trained. Though these pioneering men are a pivotal part of Marine Corps history, very little is known or written about them. While this thesis seeks to further the understanding of the events that led to racial integration in the Marine Corps, the main focus is to further the understanding and historical knowledge of the African American men who enlisted for service in the Marine Corps during the Second World War. Using archival documents and oral histories, including never before utilized interviews conducted by Marine Corps field historians in 2011, this thesis seeks to understand who these men were and their experiences from enlistment through training at Montford Point.
Heng, Daniel, "Walking the Blood-Stained Pave: The Experiences of African American Marines in the Second World War from Enlistment to Montford Point" (2020). All Theses. 3305.