black marines

Events

On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of Continental Congress.

1775

In 1776 and 1777, a dozen Black American Marines served in the American Revolutionary War.

1776

In 1942 more than 20,000 blacks were trained at Montford point and began to get introduced to the marine corps .

1942

Early 1943, the white drill instructors were leaving for war and were being replaced by black sergeants.

1943

In late 1949, all-black USMC units persisted, but the Marines had black and white recruits beginning to train together. The few black USMC officers were assigned exclusively to black units; they were

1949

In the late 1950s, black Marines were not rewarded with preferred or high-visibility assignments

1950

On June 22, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an Executive Order, which approved the design of an official seal for the United States Marine Corps.

1954

After World War II, the USMC reduced in size; the number of African-American Marines dropped to 2,000 men, which was one-tenth of wartime levels.

1960

In 1960, full integration of the races had been completed by the USMC. B

1960

Vernice Armour is a former United States Marine Corps officer who was the first African-American female naval aviator in the Marine Corps

1973