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Camp Johnson
Marine Corps Service Support School (MCSSS)

Camp Johnson, which now serves a crucial role in the follow-on training of thousands of Marines every year, was the first training base for black Marines. Originally known as Montford Point, black Marines attended boot camp here while the nation was still racially segregated. After the walls of segregation came down, it was named in honor of SgtMaj. Johnson and Marine Corps Service Support Schools was located there.

Outside the gate of Camp Johnson stands a solemn tribute to Marines and Sailors who gave their lives trying to keep the peace in the Middle Eastern country of Lebanon. The Beirut Memorial is the site of an annual commemoration of the tragic October 1983 bombing of Battalion Landing Team 1/8's Headquarters in Beirut. A visit to the Jacksonville area isn't complete without a stop at this memorial.

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