Sitting Down With Ed Fizer, Member of the Montford Point Marine Association (Video)

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– A stately Ed Fizer, Park Forest resident, one of the first African-American Marines (ret.), and member of the Montford Point Marine Association, shares his perspective on what it was like to break the color barrier in the United States Marines.

“In 1942,” Fizer says, “right after the Pearl Harbor incident, the President of the United States, Franklin Deleanor Roosevelt, decided, through advice from Congress and others, to sign an executive order to allow African Americans to serve in the Marine Corps. At this time, the services were all segregated, and it meant they had to provide provisions to train us in a special place. They found it in North Carolina in Camp Lejeuene.”

The Montford Point Marine Association was formed in 1965, Fizer notes.

“Whenever you’re doing anything, try and do it well, because you never know when you’re making history,” Fizer told Park Forest residents during the village’s annual on Veteran’s Day celebration, November 10, 2010.

Ed Fizer at Village Board meeting
World War II veteran Ed Fizer smiles as the attendees at the Village Board meeting give him a standing ovation in June of 2019. Mr. Tom Mick priased Mr. Fizer during his remarks, and Mr. Fizer later praised Mr. Mick in precise, positive, yet pointed language. The pointed language was directed at the mayor. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)
Ed Fizer with his Congressional Gold Medal
Ed Fizer with his Congressional Gold Medal at Kiwanis Pancake Day in October 2014. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)
Sergeant Ed Fizer, Congressional Gold Medal recipient
Sergeant Ed Fizer, Congressional Gold Medal recipient, in December 2011. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)
Sharon Stokes, Theodore Peters, Wendell R. Fergusan, Ed Fizer, James A. Reynolds, John Vanoy, Montford Point Marine Congressional Gold Medal Recipients
Sharon Stokes, Theodore Peters, Wendell R. Fergusan, Ed Fizer, James A. Reynolds, John Vanoy, Montford Point Marine Congressional Gold Medal Recipients, December 19, 2011. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)