MPMA Oceanside Chapter 44 History

Montford Point Marine Association (MPMA) Inc. Oceanside Chapter 44 received its charter in July 2017 at the MPMA National Convention in Las Vegas, NV. 
This chapter covers the North San Diego County geographical area. The chapter is headqurtered in Oceanside, CA.
National MPMA

Twenty years following World War II, during August 1965, a reunion was organized by a group of enterprising Marine veterans and active duty Marines from Philadelphia. The purpose was to renew old friendships and share experiences of former comrades who received recruit training at Montford Point Camp, Camp Lejeune, New River, N.C. This group, chaired by then Master Gunnery Sergeant, Brooks E. Gray, USMC, held a meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., and formulated and developed plans for a National Reunion. The response was overwhelming and 400 Marines from all over the country convened at the Adelphia Hotel in Philadelphia. Consequently the Montford Point Marine Association (MPMA), Inc. was established as a non-profit Veterans organization and was subsequently chartered in Pennsylvania in 1966. Brooks E. Gray (founding father) was elected as the Association's first National President.

Today the Association has 36 Chapters throughout the United States, additionally the Ladies Auxiliary boasts several Chapters. The MPMA Inc. is an affiliate member of the Marine Corps Veterans organization. Reunions are held to affirm their bonds to Marine Corps, present awards and testimonials to expand its interest and service.

The MPMA creed amply reflects:
"To promote and preserve the strong bonds of friendship born from shared adversities and to devote ourselves to the furtherance of these accomplishments to ensure more peaceful times."
Oceanside Chapter 44 Mission

Chapter 44's mission is as follows...  
1. To preserve the legacy, and perpetuate the memory, spirit and comradeship developed through shared adversities by the original African American members of Montford Point Camp, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina between August 1942 and September 1949.
 2. To support and promote activities for the social betterment and enlightenment of our communities through:
  • Social interaction and fellowship among members.
  • Sponsorship of scholarship funds; uplifting the morale of our veterans by providing benefits assistance to those, and their dependents, who are disabled.
  • Informing youth of career opportunities, engaging in fundraising activities to promote the purposes of the Association and Chapter.
 3.  Participate and stimulate awareness of social concerns affecting our community. To these and other tasks we dedicate ourselves.
Oceanside Chapter 44 Leadership
Chapter 44's Leadership consists of: 

Vice President..............

Oceanside Chapter
Chapter 44's Leadership consists of: 

Gerald W. Hampton   
Walter Washington
Louis Murchison
Brenda Anderson 
William "Billy" Woods  

MPMA Chapter 44 Members