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Angus Hardie Jamerson, one of the first black Marines, has died at age 89

  • Angus Hardie Jamerson, one of the first black U.S. Marines, has died at age 89, the Associated Press reported. 
  • Jamerson, who went by Jay, was a member of the so-called Montford Point Marines
  • They were the first wave of black Marines who served in the U.S. military after President Franklin Roosevelt directed the Marine Corps to accept black recruits in 1941.
  • Jamerson was drafted in 1945, while he was a student at Morehouse College. 
  • He his fellow black Marines trained at Montford Point, a segregated training facility outside of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Read more

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RED HOT: Three badass Marines light their smokes off a 50 caliber machine gun barrel that got red hot while firing at Red troops in central Korea. They are, left to right: Cpl. Charles E. Fritchman of China Lake, California, Pfc. James E. Hickman of Fort Worth, Texas, and Sgt. Donald MacGillivray, Chicago, Illinois. Ashland, Ohio, Times-Gazette. Monday Evening, May 7, 1951.

Royal Marine Commando, 1944 - 1945. This Commando wears a camouflage windproof smock, similar to the garment issued to airborne troops, and the green beret that was adopted by all commandos, while around him are details of badges, weapons and equipment. Art by Graham Turner.