SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. --
Frank C. Christl of San Clemente was awarded the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal by Brig. Gen. Edward Banta for serving as a Montford Point Marine from 1944-1946 on Jan. 16.
Christl is included with the Montford Point Marines because as an officer he was instrumental in forming the 5th Depot Company and leading them to Saipan, the invasion of Okinawa, and repatriation duty in Tientsin, China.
“He is truly among the many brave and selfless Marines whose efforts helped break the barriers of segregation,” Brig. Gen. Edward Banta said about Christl. “The Congressional Gold Medal signifies the highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievement.”
“Thank you for your courage, your leadership, and your direct contribution to our Corps rich history and legacy. We are proud to have you among the ranks who have worn the cloth of our Corps in service of this great nation. Semper Fidelis,” Banta concluded.