Army & Navy - MARINES,AIR,COMMAND: Combat Report


Since June 1942, when the Marine Corps broke with 167-year tradition, and began recruiting Negroes, the marines, white and black, have carried on with none of the public race troubles that beset the vastly larger U.S. Army (TIME, July 10). Said one white Marine officer of this phenomenon: "We take only the cream of the crop, and they are all so damn proud to be marines."

The Corps still has no Negro officers. But it has 16,000 strapping Negro enlisted men. Some of them have become hard-boiled drill instructors in the classic mold...

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