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Black Marines were 'dogged' on this base in the 1940s. Now they're honored there

New recruits learn to drill. Breaking a tradition of 167 years, the U.S. Marine Corps enlisted blacks, June 1, 1942. The first class of 1,200 black volunteers began their training three months later as members of the 51st Composite Defense Battalion. (HUM Images/HUM Images/Universal Images Grou)
New recruits learn to drill. Breaking a tradition of 167 years, the U.S. Marine Corps enlisted blacks, June 1, 1942. The first class of 1,200 black volunteers began their training three months later as members of the 51st Composite Defense Battalion. (HUM Images/HUM Images/Universal Images Grou)

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