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Larry Elder: My Dad Was A Pioneer

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(FOX 11) "My Dad and his fellow Montford Marines were the Jackie Robinson of the Armed Forces." It was an honor his father would have been proud to receive.

Over the weekend, Los Angeles radio personality (790 KABC) Larry Elder and his brother Kirk received the Congressional Gold Medal on their father's behalf during an award ceremony at Camp San Mateo.

Montford Point Marine Staff Sgt. Randolph Elder, was posthumously awarded nation's highest civilian award by U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California 48th District, and Col. Jason Q. Bohm, 5th Marine Regiment commanding officer, for their father's service as one of the first African American Marines to enlist and undergo recruit training at Montford Point, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

It was during President Franklin Roosevelt's term that opened the armed forces to all races in 1941. At the time Montford point was a facility that was segregated and more than 20,000 African American Marines trained.

"I am just proud that my dad was a pioneer," said Larry, a Los Angeles radio personality and host of the Larry Elder Show on 790 KABC. "He was kind of like a Jackie Robinson of Montford Point Marines. (Seeing the diversity in the Marines) lets me know that he left a footprint, that others are inspired by him and that he was a role model for the country."

Staff Sgt. Elder passed away on March 31, 2011

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