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Montford Point Marine posthumously awarded Congressional Gold Medal

Larry and Kirk Elder, sons of Staff Sgt. Randolph Elder, receive the Congressional Gold Medal on his behalf from U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California 48th District, during an award ceremony here, Aug. 16, 2013. Staff Sgt. Elder was a Montford Point Marine, one of 20,000 African American recruits to enlist in the Marine Corps shortly after it was desegregated in 1941 by President Franklin Roosevelt. The Marines attended recruit training at Montford Point, Camp Lejeune, N.C., and served during World War II, as well as Korea and Vietnam.



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This work, Montford Point Marine posthumously awarded Congressional Gold Medal [Image 5 of 5], by Sgt Jacob Harrer, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:08.16.2013

Date Posted:08.16.2013 17:18

Photo ID:997347

VIRIN:130816-M-XZ121-109

Resolution:4735x3157

Size:3.88 MB

Location:CAMP PENDLETON, CA, USGlobe

Hometown:LOS ANGELES, CA, US

Hometown:MORENO VALLEY, CA, US

Hometown:OYSTER BAY, NY, US

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