Below are the links to the "World War II:  Montford Point Marines - Honoring and Preserving Their Legacy at Leatherneck Magazine - February 2011 (Page 21) by Coral Anika Theill   
The February Leatherneck Magazine issue will be available for purchase at the PX by Feb. 1st or 2nd and at Borders and Barnes and Noble Bookstores Feb. 14th or 15th.  This article can be viewed on the Leatherneck Magazine website.  (See below). *Please forward this link to your friends and family and/or post on websites.  
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46th Annual MPMA National Convention 

27-31 July 2011, in Atlanta Georgia.

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  Contrtibute To The Monument  




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Why we fight 


A copy of the 1942 Letter, written by James E Stewart Sr. for the Montfort Point Camp Newspaper, & the men of Montford Point.  

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Fellows, your Commanding Officer ( Colonel Samuel A. Woods, Jr ) feels that we of the military should keep abreast of the times and our surroundings as much so or even more so, now that we are in the Marines, then we did while in civilian life. Men of the military should want to know something of the history, traditions, and general characteristics of the organizations of which they are a part. We are not expected to know the WHY or WHEREFORE of every military action, but we should try and be reasonably enough informed on military procedure, courtesy, discipline, and organization, to make a good appearance wherever we may be or to be able to know and respect traditions of the Marine Corps.

It was with this through in mind that this program was instituted; it is our intention to bring before you, from time to time, different members of our own enlisted personnel who will give you brief talks with regards to our military life. As you no doubt know, Montford Point Camp is quite young yet, rather unique in that it is the first and only camp in the United States for training colored Marines. Our hope is that our men will not only make good fighters, or make good appearance before the public, but that they make real MARINES, and if they make REAL MARINES we may rest assured that they will make GOOD CITIZENS on the outside, in later life.

Marines SHOULD and Marines ARE proud of their organization. GOOD MARINES are proud of the fact that they ARE MARINES. PRIDE is a fine quality to possess. PRIDE often drives men to do noble deeds beyond and above duty. PRIDE frequently inspires whole armies to triumphs seemingly beyond human reasoning. PRIDE sometimes causes men broken in spirit after having tasted the bitter fruits of defeat and failure, to arise and ascend to the heights of the ladder of success. PRIDE, if correctly used, is one of our best guides as Marines, but we must ever remain vigilant lest we find ourselves guilty of living off the other fellows’ glory. Yes—the Marine Corps has 167 glorious years of tradition of which we are all proud, but no chain is stronger that its weakest link and if we as individuals fail to uphold our responsibilities, thinking that we can hid behind glory of men long since dead, then we are victims of FALSE PRIDE. In other words, we are kidding ourselves into believing that we take pride in an organization of which we are a part, yet do nothing worthy of its glory. Yes—being a Marine means more than just wearing that BLUE UNIFORM or THE GLOBE & ANCHOR. The MAN in that "blue" or behind "the globe and anchor" makes the MARINE. It is this fact that many of us must keep in mind while thinking, acting, and living as Marines.

Men of color have fought gallantly in every war since the Boston Tea Party for American Freedom. Men of color fought nearly all of this time for the rights and privileges to fight for America as all other Americans, and now that the opportunity had arrived and we have been made a apart of the fightingest outfit on the face of the earth, and that is as it should be, we must not forget that along with RIGHTS and PRIVILEDGES go DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES. DUTY, to God and Country, comes first to the Marine. I pray that I shall never live to see that day come when a man of Montford Point renounces this bounden duty. Our next DUTY is to the ORGANIZATION of which we are a party, and the PRINICIPLES for which is stands. Our next great DUTY and RESPONSIBLITIES here at Montford Point, and as Marines of color, is to some 14 million black Americans whose prayers, blood, sweat, and tears have gone with us and before us to place us in the position that we now hold. Men of color have never failed the call-to-arms, from Crispus Attacks on Boston Commons, to Robert Brooks, first American to die in combat against the enemy on the Philippines after the treacherous sneak attack of the Japanese or the new famous 99th Pursuit Squadron knocking arise airmen from the skies over Pantelleria, Sicily and North Africa in our current operations in the Mediterranean Theater of War. As these men have made history, for which we all take pride, so shall we of Montford Point catch the spirit and shoulder our DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES. It is our DUTY to be good Marines. If we are good Marines, we will be good AMERICANS. If we are good AMERICANS, we will be good CITIZENS. If we are good CITIZENS, we will know how to respect the rights of others and accept the responsibilities of good CITIZENSHIP. GOOD CITIZENS never stoop low enough to take advantage of position, and GOOD MARINES never try to use the "globe & anchor" as a shield of fence for wrongdoing. "THE GLOBE & ANCHOR OF THE U.S. MARINE CORPS IS NOT A LICENSE TO FREEDOM OF ACTIONS. Law and order should be as much a part of our lives here in the Marine Corps as it was on the outside. In fact, a law abiding person should remain as such, regardless of where he goes or what changes may take place in his life.

We could continue our discussion on discipline, laws, and courtesies of the Marine Corps for hours, and still not cover many things that we will encounter as Marines. Our entire series of lectures will not cover all, but if we continue to practice GOOD, SOUND JUDGEMENT, work for the benefit of the group and our organization, rather than for selfish gains, protect our rights and privileges by fulfilling our duties and responsibilities, and above all—do unto others as we would have them do unto us, our future as Marines shall be unlimited and glory with honor shall be ours.

Sergeant James E Stewart





Historical advisor Byron Stewart PhD


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