- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

LAURENS, N.Y. (AP) - A World War II veteran from upstate New York will be receiving a long-delayed medal for bravery during a key battle fought in Germany 70 years ago.

New York Army National Guard Col. Carlton Cleveland will present a Bronze Star to William Brindle on Sunday morning at the American Legion post in Brindle’s hometown of Laurens in Otsego County.

Brindle was an infantryman serving in the 16th Regiment of the Army’s 1st Division as it battled German troops after U.S. forces captured the Remagen bridge over the Rhine River in March 1945.

Last year, Brindle became aware he might be eligible for the Bronze Star. The division’s veterans association started a search of his records that resulted in military officials confirming he had earned a Bronze Star.

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