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Table of ContentsPreface 1Section I. Pre-World War II1. No Negro, Mulatto, or Indian to be enlisted... 72. The U.S. Marine Corps--A Very Brief History 103. A Closer Look 194. A Chance to Join The Club 23Section II. 1941-1942: The War Begins5. The Exigencies of War 296. Blacks Accept the Challenge 337. American Strategy 388. The First Black Marine Unit 449. Training the First Black Recruits 5410. Changes Come Quickly 66Section III. 194311. Proving Amphibious Doctrine 7312. Segregation Is Still the Rule 7813. Training with the Guns 9014. War Is Serious Business 9715. Change Comes Slowly 10216. A Time of Turmoil 112Section IV. 194417. Activating the 52d Defense Battalion 12518. South Pacific 12919. Leaving the States 13220. The Marianas 13921. Operation Forager Countinues 15922. Moving Out 16723. Pushing Black Marines Through 17724. Garrison Life 188Section V. 1945-194625. No End in Sight 19326. Hounded by the Press 20527. Okinawa--Operation Iceberg 20828. ...A very lovely day... 21629. Future for Black Marines 22630. A Few of the Men, Continued 231Appendices 235Chapter Notes 241Bibliography 253Index 261
Retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Ronald K. Culp writes historical novels and is a freelance technical writer. He lives in Kerrville, Texas.