Ours is a legacy established by the Marines at Belleau Wood, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and Chosin Reservoir, but there is much more to our history than our successes in battle. From the first integration of African-Americans into our ranks to the first Marine female engagement teams deployed into Afghanistan, there are many moments that have defined our years, advanced our Corps and paved the way for future generations of Marines.
Over 20,000 Montford Point Marines loyally served our nation in the face of prejudice and discrimination, participating in many of the most important battles of the Pacific, Korea and Vietnam. These Marines made history. And paved the way for generations to come.