In the case of the Montford Point Marines, Office of War Information photographer Roger Smith was responsible for many of the photos during World War II. You have seen these iconic images in most of the Montford Point Marines stories in the media. The photos have been continuously posted here on this blog.
Now you know the name of the man behind the lens. Here are some of Smith's images below:
|Montford Point Marines in front of Barracks at Boot Camp|
|Montford Point Marines leaving chapel on the base.|
Montford Point Marines in training.
51st Defense Battalion
Montford Marines in formation.
Thousands of Smith's photographs can be found on the Internet today. Others are physically stored in archives such as the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Roger Smith captured some of the most enduring images of African Americans during the war. His works have been displayed in exhibits and reproduced in books and other Montford Point Marines materials. He is clearly a photographer that I will explore in the future.
So if you run across a photograph of a Montford Point Marine during World War II, it is more than likely taken by Office of War Information photographer Roger Smith. Now I am off to show my father pictures of his boot camp.
Would any of these photos inspire you to join the war effort? Have you heard of Roger Smith before? What about the Office of War Information?
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