This oral history with Clayton Pitre is part of a series spotlighting World War II veterans; 2015 will mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.

Clayton Pitre, a longtime Seattleite, slogged through the mud in the bloodiest battle of the Pacific as a Montford Point Marine, one of the first black Marines since the Revolution. The Montford Point Marines courageously served their country in a prejudiced America, yet their story is rarely told. Pitre is believed to be among the few survivors in the Pacific Northwest.

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