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Montford Point Marine awarded Congressional Gold Medal posthumously

U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California 48th District, speaks to an audience of Marines and guests after awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the family of Staff Sgt. Randolph Elder on his behalf here, Aug. 16, 2013. Elder was a Montford Point Marine, one of 20,000 African American recruits to enlist in the Marine Corps shortly after it was desegregated during 1941 by President Franklin Roosevelt. The Marines attended recruit training at Montford Point, Camp Lejeune, N.C., and served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Rohrabacher, the son of a career Marine, cosponsored H.R. 2447 during 2011, authorizing the medal to be awarded collectively to all Montford Point Marines.



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This work, Montford Point Marine awarded Congressional Gold Medal posthumously [Image 2 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:08.19.2013 20:37

Photo ID:998692

VIRIN:130816-M-XZ121-160

Resolution:3243x4864

Size:2.61 MB

Location:MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, CA, USGlobe

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