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During World War II, Leroy Seals died a gallant Marine in the sands of Saipan.  Luke Woodard trailed six Japanese to an abandoned shack on Guam and gave them a dose of lead poisoning of the M1 variety.  The 7th Ammunition Company on Peleliu went to the rescue of the 1st Marine Division who were out of ammunition - their wounded badly in need of medical care - those Black gyrenes with ammunition under their arms, M-'s, sub-machine guns, BAR's and carbines, spitting sudden death in their hands climbed Bloody Nose Ridge, delivered the much needed ammo and brought the Division's wounded down.  Commanding General Rupertus paid them the highest tribute you can give a Marine, "a job well done."

Frank Peterson flew mission after mission over Korea and Vietnam with his wing guns spitting sudden death. Ed Huff proudly wore the Globe and Anchor thirty years and with a back filled with enemy shrapnel retired in a blaze of glory.  

Memories and inescapable fidelity to the Corps and country motivated Master Sergeant Brooks Grey of Philadelphia to call a meeting of former Montford Point Marines and their successors to meet for a reunion in Philadelphia at the Adelphia Hotel, September 17-18, 1965.  There the Montford Point Marine Association was born.  Realizing that they must serve their country in times of peace as well as in times of war, the Association's goals are to support and promote activities geared toward the social betterment of our communities and enlightenment of our citizenry though

...the active participation, support, and promotion of activities designed to make the lives of former members of the military and naval services, their wives, and their dependents free from poverty and adversity;
...the sponsorship of scholarship funds for needy youths;
...the creation of social programs designed to combat the decay of our inner cities;
...informing ghetto youths of career opportunities;
...making toys, shelter, and recreation facilities available for younger children;
...the provision of legal services and counseling for our unknowledgeable veterans;
...unselfish assistance to Marine Corps and Naval recruiting teams; and the creation of other compatible and uplifting programs. 

To these and other tasks we dedicate ourselves.

Atlanta had its share of Marines.  Mortimer Cox was among the first non-commissioned officers.  Howard Baugh and Homer Hill were outstanding drill instructors.  William Dukes and R.T. Roberts were widely known prize fighters.  Ernest Lyons' outfit was the first to go overseas.  Cater Hill, Jr. was Sergeant Major of the best known unit that ever left Montford Point.  Major Powell, Jr. was an outstanding football player and coach, James Wilson was an outstanding baseball pitcher who had a try-out with the Braves. The late Duke Foster was one of the first Black officers.  Many Atlantans were among the "Chosen Few."  
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