Negro Marines prepare for action. 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 three 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, North Carolina. Evidence of the lack of racial friction may be seen in the sports program at the camp. On the baseball team Negro enlistees and white non-com officers are teammates. Camp Lejeune has its own baseball league, with the Montford Point team a strong contender for championship honors. Nice vintage photo for baseball fans or baseball memorabilia collectors. Learn More
Photo shows Illinois Central R.R., freight cars at the South Water Street freight terminal, Chicago, Ill. Nice view of old freight cars and part of the Chicago skyline in the background. Photo dates to 1943. Learn More
Photo shows General view of part of the South Water Street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad, Chicago, Ill. Nice view of old freight cars with the Chicago skyline in the background as well as an old PBR ad sign. Photo dates to 1943. Learn More
Photo shows Nurses advancing through a cloud of smoke in a gas mask drill of the U.S. Army Air Forces Technical Training Command at Scott Field, Illinois. This photograph dates to around 1942. Learn More
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