- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) - A Marine from St. Louis County has been honored for his role in paying final respects to veterans.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/KMd1Jz ) reports that Marine Sgt. Andrew Portell, who is stationed in Bridgeton, was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal earlier this month.

The honor recognizes Portell’s supervision of more than 1,000 burials in Missouri and Illinois. Portell is the funeral honor detail’s non-commissioned officer in charge for the 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com