Hubert Poole

– Raleigh, NC
Ammunition Company, Montford Point Marines

82-year-old Poole grew up in Raleigh’s Oberlin neighborhood, 1 of 7 boys who experienced and negotiated segregation, including during his military service. Drafted on October 23, 1943 Poole trained at the all-black Montford Point Marine Base near Camp LeJeune, then shipped off to Guadalcanal, which was secured by that time, and Guam, which was not. In both places, he served strictly in a support role but admits that while it represented inequality, it also probably saved his life. Poole went on to teach and coach in Wake County and says his Marine training was behind everything he did in life.

In this excerpt, Hubert Poole from Raleigh, NC, shares his experience in boot camp at the only African-American Marine base in the country, NC’s own Montford Point