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Friday, December 28, 2012

Howard P. Perry

"Breaking a tradition of 167 years, the U.S. Marine Corps started enlisting Negroes on June 1, 1942.
The first class of 1,200 Negro volunteers began their training 3 months later
as members of the 51st Composite Defense Battalion at Montford Point, a section of the 200-square-mile Marine Base, Camp Lejeune, at New River, NC.
The first Negro to enlist was Howard P. Perry shown here."
N.d. Roger Smith. 208-NP-10KK-1.
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