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HULON EDWARDS

May 25th, 2004


a thumbnail image of Sergeant Hulon Edwards - Portrait currently not available Sergeant Hulon EdwardsSergeant Hulon Edwards, from a farm near Mendenhall, Mississippi, was drafted into the Army in 1942 and served with the 367th Infantry in North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany. Discharged from the Army, in 1946 he joined the Marines, retiring after twenty years of service, including tours in both Korea and Vietnam. He resides in Jacksonville, North Carolina.


INTERVIEWER: Would you please state your name and give me today's date?

HULON EDWARDS: My name is Hulon Edwards. Today is the 25th day of May, the year 2004.

INTERVIEWER: Thank you, Mr. Edwards, now I'm gonna ask you a series of questions about your experiences as a Montford Point Marine. You've heard these questions so, I think you've had (STAMMERS) maybe a little ability to think about the answers so what I'd like you to do first is just begin by telling the audience your background before you joined the Marines. That is, where you're from, where you grew up, what your family was like, what your mother and father did. How many brothers and sisters you've had, and what education you had before you joined the Marines.

HULON EDWARDS: I'm (UNINTELLIGIBLE) my father was Albert Edwards, my mother is Lula Edwards, before I got in the Marine Corps, I was working on the farm, with my father and my mother. Uh, (STAMMERS) I was, uh, going to school part time, attending school when I could, and working on the farm, I would say, most of the time. (LAUGH) That's what we're doing those days.

INTERVIEWER: And tell me where, what state was that farm located in?

HULON EDWARDS: (STAMMERS) That was, the state was the State Of Mississippi. Mississippi, Mendenhall, Simpson County, Mendenhall being the county seat. We lived about, 13 miles, 13 miles outside of the city limit, out in the country side, and that's a long ways, during those 1923 years, about 80 years ago. And, um, the '20s and '30s and the '40s, that, that was a long ways, from town.

HULON EDWARDS: (CONTINUED) And so, we, we had it pretty rough, we, farmed, and we worked hard, my mother had (SOUNDS LIKE) 17 children, all born by midwife, for, except the last, I'd say three or four in the family, they was born in a, perhaps in a hospital, uh, that was after, uh, I joined the Marine Corps. I was later on and, uh, in the '40s, and so, uh, it was really tough going at that time.

INTERVIEWER: Well now, you say you joined the Marine Corps, so you came out of a very, very big family, you joined the Marine Corps, what year did you join the Marine Corps?

HULON EDWARDS: I joined the Marine Corps, I, on entered 1946, I joined the Marine Corps August of 1946, but let me add this, I was a draftee in the US Army, for three years, during World War Two. I was drafted to, at the age of 17, my next birthday, I would have been 18 years of age, and I was (STAMMERS) had my calling card, that's what we call it then, I got my card, to go to uh, war.

HULON EDWARDS: (CONTINUED) Uh, the calling card, and so I went to the county seat, and went to, oh, reported on Monday, 16th day of December, in 1942, and, and, uh, uh, then I left there, and went to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, where they had an Army National Guard unit, uh, Army hospital station there, which is about 60 miles, 60 miles from, uh, Mendenhall. We called, we got a bus, and they told us that, we'll be away for about, overnight at least.

HULON EDWARDS: (CONTINUED) So, my brother, by the way, my brother and I went as a team. He had a calling card, as well, and so, we went, (STAMMERS) and had our examination at, at, about 13:00, uh, 1:00, 13:00, is, the way you know in the Marine Corps now, I didn't know that, know at that time, what it meant, but, (STAMMERS) 1:00, 13:00 that evening, we all went for the examination, and, uh, I was the smallest one.

HULON EDWARDS: (CONTINUED) That was, my nickname, Little One, and, uh, they passed me. And my brother didn't pass. He got poor health, I was called in, poor health. I guess, a number four F, and so he, he didn't never get to go.

INTERVIEWER: Well, what did you do when you were in the Army?

HULON EDWARDS: In the Army, I joined the Army, and I went to Camp, (STAMMERS) Fort Jackson, South Carolina, after leaving Camp Shelby, Mississippi. I went to Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and went through basic training there, we called it at that time, in the Army. Went through basic training, for 13 weeks, and from there, I went to Fort Dix, New Jersey, and, uh, uh, about, right after Christmas, then I caught a, a ship.

HULON EDWARDS: (CONTINUED) For the first time in my life, I was seeing anything over a, a sailboat, and I went to North Africa, and Casablanca. We landed there after 31 days at sea. And I landed at, at, uh, Casablanca, North Africa. And I went on up to, uh, with the Fifth, Fifth Army, the, the, (STAMMERS) Army Air Corps, 15th Air Corps, I was attached to. And I went, went down into Barbados, off Africa, uh, (STAMMERS) stayed there for about 12 months or so.

HULON EDWARDS: (CONTINUED) Then we left, and went up into Italy, and we went to, to France, and we went to Germany, then, then back to Italy, then, I was discharged to come back to, (STAMMERS) and, and come back to, (STAMMERS) to be in civilian life. Tried to be in life, that didn't work, and then I went (STAMMERS) that's when I joined the Marine Corps.

INTERVIEWER: All right, now while you were in the Army, were you in segregated units, were you in all-Black units when you were in the Army?

HULON EDWARDS: When I was in the Army, I was in an all-Black organization, all-Black, 367th Infantry, all-Black. Except the officers, of course, and, uh, I, hospital corps was, was made up of all-Black doctors, as well. And, uh, that's where we, uh, got connected with the, with the Tuskegee Group there, from Alabama, and, uh, the, they was, uh, after, (STAMMERS) after I told you, the Air Corps, they had some spit fires. Those are, (STAMMERS) small planes, they used for attack planes over there.

INTERVIEWER: Now when you were in the Army, in your unit, was that primarily an infantry unit?

HULON EDWARDS: Was that an infantry unit?

INTERVIEWER: (OVERLAPPING) Yes.

HULON EDWARDS: That was an infantry unit, yes sir. (STAMMERS) It's a, 367 Infantry, that was named, that's what I was in, that's (STAMMERS) infantry unit, but we was attached to the (STAMMERS) Air Corps, you see? We, 'cause uh, all-Black was together, so, (STAMMERS) we was part of the US Air Corps.

INTERVIEWER: So were you stationed at the Air Base that the, the Tuskegee Air Men were using?

HULON EDWARDS: I, I was not ever stationed at, uh, Tuskegee.

INTERVIEWER: No, I mean, with the farm bases. Where, where the Tuskegee airmen (STAMMERS) were flying from.

HULON EDWARDS: Uh, I was, I was, (STAMMERS) right on the same base with them.

INTERVIEWER: Got it.

HULON EDWARDS: I was on the same base. But of course, uh, we lived in, whatever we could get a place to stay bivouac or old, old broken down buildings or whatever we could get to, build our companies in, and we stayed in areas where we could, uh, uh, support the, Air Corps.

INTERVIEWER: Well, what were your duties there? What did you do there?

HULON EDWARDS: My duties, I was an MP. I was a military police, and, and, and, and in that organization I was, I was a, an ordinance person, I helped service the planes, put the bombs onto the wings, and, and so on.

INTERVIEWER: So you were primarily a support unit for the Tuskegee airmen?

HULON EDWARDS: I was a, a support unit for the Tuskegee Air, Air Corps.

INTERVIEWER: And that was, uh, throughout much of the Second World War?

HULON EDWARDS: I was, that was during the Second World War, that was, uh, (STAMMERS) in the 1943, four, five, in those years.

INTERVIEWER: Okay, now why did you decide, when you got discharged from the Army, after all that duty in the Second World War, um, why did you decide that you were gonna come back, and you were gonna join the Marines? Why didn't you go back in the Army?

HULON EDWARDS: I come back to, to United States, and, uh, I, I, I had gotten used to, sort of relaxed, uh, I would say, I wouldn't say it was full integration, but I, (STAMMERS) it got kind of relaxed and blithe-like. We had a little bit more, uh, latitude, I would say, a little bit more freedom, what I'll call it at that time. And I come back, and home, and, uh, I could found some of the same thing, (STAMMERS) that I ran into before I left. So, I...

INTERVIEWER: (OVERLAPPING) Tell me a little bit about that.

HULON EDWARDS: Uh, well, this place where, uh, (STAMMERS) I would say about, (STAMMERS) when I used to, while I was overseas, I would be able to, I was able to go most anywhere I wanted to go, have lunch, uh, go to, uh, USOs, and all the, (STAMMERS) places to eat, and enjoy myself, and I got back there, I was (STAMMERS) back to the cross the railroad again, in the Black neighborhood.

HULON EDWARDS: (CONTINUED) Back door feeding, and, uh, it's just, I, I just decided, well, uh, that I, I'd just, (STAMMERS) uh, I can't tolerate any more of this, I'm gonna have to go and, and, and, and, uh, go back and try the US Army, I mean, US Armed Forces. That being the Marines, at that time.

INTERVIEWER: Well, why did you decide on the Marines?

HULON EDWARDS: I decided on the Marines, because I was always wanted to be the best I could be. Just, you know, I wanted to do the best I could for my family, my country, my Lord, God is in the plan. I wanted to do the best for the Lord, I wanted to, to, (STAMMERS) do the right thing, when I call it. And serve the Lord, and, and, and, (STAMMERS) live life as an honest person in life. And so I, I, the Marines, (STAMMERS) they just impressed me.

HULON EDWARDS: (CONTINUED) They looked like something that, uh, (STAMMERS) stood out, uh, the dress blues, one thing, that kind of, (STAMMERS) turned me on with them, I thought that was the greatest looking uniform in the world. 'Til I got in boot camp. (LAUGH) Then I decided, well, (LAUGH) maybe it wasn't so good.

INTERVIEWER: Well now you, you bring a unique perspective here. You, you had gone through basic training in the Army, in a segregated unit in the Army, you knew you were going into a segregated Marine Corps, what, what kind of difference did you find between Marine boot camp, and your basic training in the army?

HULON EDWARDS: Marine, (STAMMERS) Marine Corps boot camp, and the Army basic training, is basically good training on the same schedule. But the Marines is, seemed to (STAMMERS) put more effort into it. They, at that time, they was really tough, and, our history can tell you that we, uh, down at Parris Island, we (STAMMERS) training Marines, we've got people killed. Drowning, and (STAMMERS) stuff, uh, uh, training. So we trained hard. We, we...

INTERVIEWER: But you, you trained at Montford Point.

HULON EDWARDS: Montford Point, I trained at Montford Point, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

INTERVIEWER: And what did, did you think you were training as a Marine was harder than your training as a, as somebody in the Army, the basic training?

HULON EDWARDS: Uh, uh, I, I think, uh, (STAMMERS) what I'm trying to say here is, uh, uh, uh, basic training, (STAMMERS) in the Marines, uh, compared to the Army, I'd say, uh, is just (STAMMERS) one word, tough. Tougher. (LAUGH)

INTERVIEWER: (LAUGH) Okay, that, that sums it up.

HULON EDWARDS: That's, that's, that sums it up. Tougher. It's, that's really, it's really tough.

INTERVIEWER: Now, tell me a little bit about, because I, I know, I know the kind of units that you, that you were in, in, in, uh, boot camp there, so what I want to do is ask you, after you got through with your training at Montford Point, and you got your first, you got your first liberties, can you hear me now? Do you hear me? When you got liberty, after you completed your training, boot camp, did you go into Jacksonville or Wilmington, or any of the surrounding towns?

HULON EDWARDS: During the period that I was in boot camp, uh, I did not get a chance to go in town at all. Uh, that's about eight, uh, eight weeks training, as long as we was on the training schedule, I did not go, go in town. We wasn't allowed to go off the base. We wasn't allowed to go out of the area, unless we was in formation, uh, (STAMMERS) we, we were not, we were not allowed to go on liberty, so to speak.

INTERVIEWER: How about when you were allowed, when you finished training? Did you go into Jacksonville or Wilmington?

HULON EDWARDS: When I finished training, uh, that's, I went into Jacksonville, (STAMMERS) anytime I wanted to go, I went in there, and I didn't, I didn't visit that town that much, but I went in, and, uh, (STAMMERS) into town, and, uh, relaxed, went to USO, and to places like that.

INTERVIEWER: Tell me a little bit about the USO there.

HULON EDWARDS: The USO was great. I thought that was a, best thing that they had going, uh, at that time. USO, uh, we had beautiful (STAMMERS) places to sit and write letters, and read books, and, uh, watch, uh, listen to the radio, and watch the little, whatever they had for entertainment there. Play, uh, table tennis, and, uh, bowling alley whatever, uh, we, we, we had a good USO, I'd say. It was real, really fine.

INTERVIEWER: Now you had grown up in Mississippi, and you knew what segregated Mississippi was like, how would you compare that with Jacksonville?

HULON EDWARDS: I would say, (STAMMERS) being in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and then State Of Mississippi, Mendenhall, my home town, or anywhere in the state, or anywhere where I, (STAMMERS) used to travel, was about the same. I, I, I'd size them up, about the same. But, it wasn't, it wasn't any difference in, uh, the, the way we, uh, (STAMMERS) had our liberty spots picked for us.

HULON EDWARDS: (CONTINUED) And our areas where we went and ate, and, uh, lunch or dinner, whatever, uh, was, about the same. (STAMMERS) I, I, I couldn't see no difference really, there, so, it wasn't, wasn't that, wasn't that pleasant to go to town, I just kind of stayed in the barracks. (TECHNICAL)

INTERVIEWER: Um, what do you remember most about your off-base experiences there?

HULON EDWARDS: What, what, what I...

INTERVIEWER: What is the most outstanding memories you have of your off base experience there?

HULON EDWARDS: Well, uh, right after boot camp, fresh off base memories I have, uh, met a friend of mine, named Ruben J. Magner (SP?) , I ran into him, and he was, uh, from the same hometown I was from, and, uh, I met with him, and we, we started, (STAMMERS) going on, liberty together, he had, he had a car, and, uh, we were, (STAMMERS) had a little bit more fun. And I would go into, we would ride into Wilmington, and, and we had nice, pretty nice places to go. Here in Wilmington, North Carolina.

INTERVIEWER: Do you recall any of them?

HULON EDWARDS: I recall, over here, (STAMMERS) uh, uh, I used to live up here on 13th Street, uh, uh, 13th and Orange, at about, oh, I'd say about three blocks away, they used to have a place over there, a nice little nightclub, uh, a nice place to eat, and (STAMMERS) it was a great place to go. I thought it was the beaches out in the, uh, uh, on the beaches where we went, (STAMMERS) for, for, for recreation to swim in, uh, beach houses, and so forth. So I thought, I thought it was pretty nice, there, here.

INTERVIEWER: Where did you go swimming? What beaches do you, do you recall what beaches you went to?

HULON EDWARDS: I went to, um, uh, uh, Onslow that's in Jacksonville, uh, Sea Breeze, Sea Breeze, I, that, that comes to my mind, see, that's, the, that's the name of the beach that we used to go to, often, Sea Breeze.

INTERVIEWER: Did you enjoy Sea Breeze?

HULON EDWARDS: I enjoyed it, I enjoyed (STAMMERS) Sea Breeze, (STAMMERS) nice space. Good, good swimming, uh, a lot of people there.

INTERVIEWER: And that was a, an all-Black beach, is that correct?

HULON EDWARDS: Yes, sir. All-Black, yes sir.

INTERVIEWER: (STAMMERS) I know Sea Breeze well, and, we've done a lot of history on, on Sea Breeze here. I don't know if you can hear me, we've done some history on Sea Breeze here. That land you might want to know now, is finally beginning to be sold, and, uh, is gonna change very much in the next, uh, five or six years. But let me get back to, to your experiences. Um, what did you do after you left Montford Point? Tell me (STAMMERS) about your, how long were you in the Corps?

HULON EDWARDS: I was in, uh, I was in the Marine Corps, uh, 19 years. And, uh, well, I'd say 19 years, uh, (STAMMERS) I was served, (STAMMERS) the rest of my 30 years, plus, in the Marine Corps, I was in the Marine Corps 20 years, and, uh, some days.

INTERVIEWER: Well, what, let's say after, what was you first duty station after you left Montford, (STAMMERS) after your training at Montford Point?

HULON EDWARDS: After I, (STAMMERS) came to Montford Point?

INTERVIEWER: No, after, after you completed your training, your basic?

HULON EDWARDS: (OVERLAPPING) Oh, my first duty station after I completed my training, at Montford Point, first duty station, was, first duty station after I completed my training at Montford Point was, uh, Guam. Guam, and the Maranious Isles down there. Guam, in the Pacific.

INTERVIEWER: And what was your, what was your job there?

HULON EDWARDS: Uh, um, in Guam, I was in military police. Military policemen, that's what I, our company was, military police.

INTERVIEWER: And what, what is, was this still segregated units?

HULON EDWARDS: Still segregated unit, yes, still, it was segregated, it was segregated.

INTERVIEWER: Do you remember when you first went into an integrated unit, and could you tell me about that?

HULON EDWARDS: (OVERLAPPING) When, when I first went to an integrated unit, was, (STAMMERS) I was in Hawaii, and, I went to, well, I was in, it started integrating at Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii. I was in an (STAMMERS) place you call Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, it's a, a little ammunition depot out there. Close to (SOUNDS LIKE) Barber's Point, uh, Hawaii. And that was, that was the first place that I ever served, with, uh, uh, with, uh, uh, (STAMMERS) White soldiers.

INTERVIEWER: And do you remember the year?

HULON EDWARDS: The year was 1949, '49, '50, uh, '50, '51, right in there.

INTERVIEWER: Did you serve in Korea?

HULON EDWARDS: I served in Korea, and, uh, uh, (STAMMERS) in Korea, I was in Korea in 1942.

INTERVIEWER: How about in the Korean War?

HULON EDWARDS: Korean War? I served in the Korean War, (STAMMERS) in, uh, um, let's see, '50, the Korean War, (STAMMERS) I went to Korea in 1942, uh, um, I served there for, 14 months, that's the way it was, 14 months, that's where, (STAMMERS) in Korea, and I ran into, uh, a place, and into a friend called Lacey, (SP?) and I, I hear from him, once in a while now, Lacey, from, from, uh, the Korean War.

HULON EDWARDS: (CONTINUED) And that's why we was, (STAMMERS) up the hill, (UNINTELLIGIBLE) I was hit up there, with shrapnel on the south, and I refused, a, a Purple Heart, because my mother was kind of ill then.

INTERVIEWER: Tell me, where you doing, were you handling ammunition, what were you doing when you were in Korea, when, when you were overseas?

HULON EDWARDS: I, I was in infantry, I had, uh, uh, uh, machine gun section, that's the light machine guns, 50 (UNINTELLIGIBLE) and, uh, uh, I was, still in the infantry, but I had a section that I was, uh, uh, section leader, and I was directing fire, of course, and placing units into positions, and, and, (STAMMERS) out patrols, and whatever, fighting, fighting off the enemy.

HULON EDWARDS: (CONTINUED) And most of the time, we were see some, we, we were hit for, for, (STAMMERS) bombarded for about, all night, one night, and, everybody was chased, chased off of there, and, killed. I come to commander, I was the highest ranking person that left off that hill. There was 11 of us, 11 of us got off of there, uh, not being KIA, WIA, or MIA. Walking wounded.

HULON EDWARDS: (CONTINUED) Walking and, uh, you know, just, just shrapnel, we wasn't, we wasn't, (STAMMERS) I said, walking wounded, but I didn't, I didn't take the Purple Heart.

INTERVIEWER: What, uh, what, uh, rank did you hold then?

HULON EDWARDS: I held, uh, at that time, it was, E-5 or staff sergeant.

INTERVIEWER: Okay.

HULON EDWARDS: I was a brand new staff sergeant. I mad staff sergeant over there, by the way.

INTERVIEWER: Can you tell me where this was in Korea?

HULON EDWARDS: I, I fought in Korea, I fought in, uh, in the Panmonjon area, in the, it was in the Air Corps, and the Panmojon area, uh, up, up into, uh, uh, uh, around the hill, round (STAMMERS) round the 81, I think, and, uh, let MLRs on there. And main line of arm the resistance, that's, that's where we dig in, and stop the enemy, and, uh, hold them back from there.

HULON EDWARDS: (CONTINUED) And, uh, (UNINTELLIGIBLE) we went out, the company went out to, attack Bunker Hill, and, uh, run the enemy off. And that was, and that was a, (STAMMERS) worst fight I've had, (STAMMERS) worst combat I've ever been in, right, right there.

INTERVIEWER: Um, now, these were integrated units, is that correct? These, these unit, these, uh, infantry units were fully integrated units at this point, right?

HULON EDWARDS: Most, most, (UNINTELLIGIBLE) was fully, fully, fully integrated. Whatever nationality, I would say, (STAMMERS) that I could think of, and, and, I, had, to, all (UNINTELLIGIBLE) look around, (UNINTELLIGIBLE) but, everybody from everywhere was represented. Hawaiians, uh, Puerto Ricans, and, (STAMMERS) it was fully integrated, (UNINTELLIGIBLE) full integrated.

INTERVIEWER: Did you go up as far as, uh, the Chosin Reservoir, or the Yalu?

HULON EDWARDS: I, I did not, I joined them right after they came out of there.

INTERVIEWER: Okay.

HULON EDWARDS: Uh, right after they came out of, uh, uh, the Reservoir, I, I joined them, back in, uh, in, uh, the Seoul.

INTERVIEWER: Okay, okay, um, so after Korea, you came back to the States?

HULON EDWARDS: After Korea?

INTERVIEWER: You came back to the States, and tell me where you served then.

HULON EDWARDS: I, after, after Korea, I came back to the States, well, not, (STAMMERS) back to the United States, yes sir. I came back to States, after Korea.

INTERVIEWER: And where were you stationed?

HULON EDWARDS: I was stationed at, uh, uh, (STAMMERS) I came back to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

INTERVIEWER: Okay. Did you serve in Vietnam?

HULON EDWARDS: I served in (STAMMERS) Vietnam, did I serve in Vietnam, and, uh, uh, (STAMMERS) 19, (STAMMERS) in fact, I had short tour, then I had a long tour there. I served in (STAMMERS) Vietnam, uh, (STAMMERS) 1968, 1968, I went to Korea.

INTERVIEWER: (OVERLAPPING) To, (UNINTELLIGIBLE) ...

HULON EDWARDS: (OVERLAPPING) I mean, I'm sorry, Vietnam.

INTERVIEWER: Tell me about your service there. What did you do there?

HULON EDWARDS: In Vietnam, I (STAMMERS) that was a, (LAUGH) tough place. Tough place. July, July, the native area, uh, July, (UNINTELLIGIBLE) hard core area, out from Danang, Tampke (SP?) area, (UNINTELLIGIBLE) I had about 60, I was in a combined accident group, and that's, that's what I was with, there. Pacification outfit, they called us there, (UNINTELLIGIBLE) . And so we had, uh, we (STAMMERS) had, (STAMMERS) Marines were serving with the local peoples there.

HULON EDWARDS: (CONTINUED) We had about four Marines, with one squad of, uh, (UNINTELLIGIBLE) . Koreans. I mean.

INTERVIEWER: So you, this was infantry service, correct?

HULON EDWARDS: Infantry, yes sir. I mean, Vietnam, I'm talking, (STAMMERS) saying, Vietnam is, it was, uh, infantry, but we were a CAG outfit, combined action group.

INTERVIEWER: And how long were you in service in Vietnam?

HULON EDWARDS: Uh, I was in service there, uh, a long, (STAMMERS) tour of, whatever it was, (STAMMERS) 18 months, uh, then, uh, uh, I had a short tour around there.

INTERVIEWER: (OVERLAPPING) And, (UNINTELLIGIBLE) ...

HULON EDWARDS: (OVERLAPPING) And just, just to set up that, you know, set up the air strip.

INTERVIEWER: So you were actually as the expression goes, in country for 18 months?

HULON EDWARDS: Infantry, yes sir. You know, I was infantry, (STAMMERS) during the, all my service there. All I saw, I was the infantry MP, infantry MP. MP was, uh, all my service was infantry, and, uh, MP, boy, I had special duties, uh, some special duties, like, uh, (SOUNDS LIKE) I and I (STAMMERS) Inspector Instructor duty. That's what we called, (STAMMERS) special duties.

INTERVIEWER: Well you saw some, some pretty heavy duty combat in both Korea and in, in Vietnam?

HULON EDWARDS: I did. I did. I would say, (STAMMERS) thank the Lord I'm here. (LAUGH) Thank the Lord.

INTERVIEWER: Um, what do you think is the historical significance of the Montford Point Marines. I mean, have you thought about what the significance of, of, the, the group of people who went through Montford Point, (UNINTELLIGIBLE) ?

HULON EDWARDS: Montford Point?

INTERVIEWER: Yeah. What, what do you think Montford Point Marines, what is the significance of that group of people? Have you thought about that? Given that any thought?

HULON EDWARDS: The difference between a Montford Point Marine?

INTERVIEWER: No, no, what, what do you think the significance of the Montford Point Marines, as a group, has today?

HULON EDWARDS: (OVERLAPPING) Oh, okay, (UNINTELLIGIBLE) well, (STAMMERS) great, that's about the only thing I can say, let's sum it up short, great. (LAUGH)

INTERVIEWER: Well, that's a, that's a short response. Let me see if I can, I can get you to give me a little bit more response. How do you feel personally, uh, you had a long (STAMMERS) a long career in the corps, how do you feel personally about your, uh, uh, having been a Montford Point Marine?

HULON EDWARDS: I, I feel, like, I've been a member, of the best. I feel that, uh, Montford Point Marines, or the Marines as a whole, is the best. It's the best you can get for our armed services, and, that's the way I feel. Then of course, that's only the, my personal opinion, as being a Marine. You know, I just feel that, I've served with the best.

INTERVIEWER: Well, now let me ask you just a little bit, and we'll wrap after this, what did you do after you left the Corps? After you retired from the Corps? Tell me when you retired, and what you did afterwards.

HULON EDWARDS: I retired from the (STAMMERS) Marine Corps in (STAMMERS), so I retired from the Marine Corps in (STAMMERS) 1976. And, uh, got out of the Marine Corps and I decided that I wanted to (STAMMERS) start me a new career, and I, I, I had enrolled in Coastal Carolina Community College, here. And, uh, I went to college over there for, four years. And I attend college for, (STAMMERS) I did, I did, four different (STAMMERS) social degrees.

HULON EDWARDS: (CONTINUED) I, I was at college over there. I, I, I was, got automobile mechanic, I took up that, I took up automobile repair, uh, (STAMMERS) auto body repair, and, I took up, uh, (STAMMERS) brick mason, I did that at night, of course, that was a short course, and I took welding. And so, I, uh, as soon as I got, uh, ready to go into business, uh, uh, (STAMMERS) my eyes started failing on me.

HULON EDWARDS: (CONTINUED) And so that was the end of that, so, I was unable to continue, except that I went and, (STAMMERS) tried to (STAMMERS) maintain the business, and I went into selling, uh, products. I did that for, for, a while, for a long time, I did that, sold products of, of course, that's selling soap and, and, uh, cleaners, and, household cleaners and things of that nature, Car wash stuff.


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