Lest We Forget - African American Military History by Researcher, 
					Author and Veteran Bennie McRae, Jr.

World War II Oral History Project

2003/04 Research History Class

Washington High School
Washington Court House, Ohio

 

JONAS BENDER
Yellow Springs, Ohio

Montford Point Marine
(The Chosen Few)

"The footprints of the Montford Point Marines were left on the beaches of Roi-Namur, Saipan, Guam, Peleliu, Iwo-Jima, and Okinawa. Tides and winds have, long ago, washed them out into the seas of history, but, "The Chosen Few" in field shoes and canvass leggings, also left their mark in the firm concrete of Marine Corps History. And, as new generations of Marines learn to march in those footprints, their cadence assumes the proud stride of the men from Montford Point." General Leonard F. Chapman Jr., United States Marine Corps

Jonas Bender being interviewed by members of the Washington High School 2003/04 Research History Class for the Library of Congress World War II Oral History Project. Right Photo - L-R: Amy Dean, Drew Dean and Troy Brown.

Mr. Bender was one of the first Black marines who trained at Montford Point near Camp Lejeune, North Carolina during World War II. He served in the South Pacific as a Radar Operator with the 51st Defense Battalion, United States Marine Corps.

NOTE: Members of the 2003/04 class interviewed 26 World War II veterans, and the project will continue with the 2004/05 class.

Photos by Paul LaRue

Research History Class
Washington Senior High School
Washington Court House, Ohio

Presents

"FREEDOM FIGHTERS"  UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS IN THE CIVIL WAR

FINDING THE FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS - USCT RESTING IN OHIO

Category: World War II | Subcategory: Events | Tags: World War II , North Carolina , Washington
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