African-Americans began training for battle with the integration of the Marine Corps on June 1, 1942.

The first class of about 1,200 African-American Marines began training three months later as members of the 51st Composite Defense Battalion at Montford Point, which was then part of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

Part of that training included instruction on how to disarm the enemy. The photograph shows Cpl. Arvin L. Ghazlo demonstrating a technique during a bayonet class. Ghazlo was once a teacher of judo to the Georgia State Police.