About Our Organization
The Montford Point Marine Association Experience & History;
During August 1965, approximately twenty years after World War II, a reunion was organized by a group of enterprising Marine veterans and active duty Marines from Philadelphia. The purpose of the reunion was to renew old friendships and share experiences of former comrades who received recruit training at Montford Point Camp, Camp Lejeune, New River, NC.
During this reunion a meeting chaired by then Master Gunnery Sergeant Brooks E. Gray, USMC was held. The subsequent National Reunion resulted in establishing the National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. as a non-profit veteranís organization. The Association was chartered in Pennsylvania in 1966. Brooks E. Gray was elected the Association's first National President.
The Association as of calendar year 2013 now has Forty (42) designated Chapters which are also supported by varied members of the Ladiesí Auxiliaries throughout the United States. The Associationís Annual Convention cycle is held during July-August of each year to affirm the members bonds to the Marine Corps, present community service awards, testimonials and to expand its interest and service to the community.
During our most recent accomplishments the original members of the Montford Point Marines (who served between 1942-1949) were recently awarded the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony at the US Capitol Washington DC, this was subsequently followed by the Christening of the USNS Montford Point Marines MLP-1 March 2013, all leading toward this latest objective the construction of this living memorial (targeted 2016).