I want to thank reaganite for posting this entry at GCP. Great article, great website, and great deeds from the “greatest generation.” Semper Fi, gentlemen.
Back home in Jackson, where I was the first Negro Marine admitted to the Corps from Mississippi, I had to wait out the period until a sufficient amount of the camp had been completed. There was one special requirement the Marine Generals insisted on. “If we must admit them, and train them, we reserve the right to demand that every Negro who wants to become a Marine, must have an education either in college, or must have completed his high school courses.” It was the one regulation we later came to love, because intellectually, we were smarter than 80 percent of the white Marines. We had college graduates … college Professors, college teachers … high school graduates … and in the end, the highest number of Marines (20) to be sent to Montfort Point, in a group, were from Jackson, Mississippi.