Marines past, present converge on ‘yellow footprints’ decades apart
Henry L. Jackson, one of the original Montford Point Marines, is a World War II veteran a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant and a Congressional Gold Medal recipient. He was one of the 20,000 African-American Marines to attend basic training at Montford Point, North Carolina, on a mandate from then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt, during the period between 1942 and 1949. An icon at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Jackson attends many of the installation’s events, tells the story of his earlier Marine Corps career and frequently gives advice to young Marines as well. He, recently, met one such Marine, Sgt. Frederick Graham, heavy equipment engineer maintenance chief, Organic Maintenance Unit, Marine Corps Logistics Command. Graham, who was recently selected as LOGCOM’s Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter, listened as Jackson shared some of his experiences as a Montford Point Marine seven decades earlier.