USNS Montford Point visited at Everett by namesake veterans

20130923-203224.jpgEVERETT, Wash. (Sept. 19, 2013) Capt. Kurt Kleinschmidt, the mobile platform landing ship USNS Montford Point (MLP-1) commanding officer, gives a tour of the ship to Francis Albin, left, a former Marine and Korean War veteran, and Clayton Pitre, a member of the Montford Point Marine Association, and former Marine and World War II veteran. USNS Montford Point was named in honor of the 20,000 African-American Marine Corps recruits, including Pitre, who were trained at Montford Point Camp, N.C., from 1942 to 1949. The first ship of its class will serves as a floating base for amphibious operations and operates as a transfer point between large ships and small landing craft. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeffry Willadsen/Released)

20130923-203234.jpgEVERETT, Wash. (Sept. 19, 2013) Clayton Pitre, a member of the Montford Point Marine Association, and former Marine and World War II veteran, speaks to crewmembers aboard the mobile landing platform ship USNS Montford Point (MLP-1). USNS Montford Point was named in honor of the 20,000 African-American Marine Corps recruits, including Pitre, who were trained at Montford Point Camp, N.C., from 1942 to 1949. The first ship of its class will serves as a floating base for amphibious operations and operates as a transfer point between large ships and small landing craft. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeffry Willadsen/Released)

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