**PHOTO ADVISORY** Zorn presents posthumous Congressional Gold Medal

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LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, on Saturday presented a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal in honor of Burnell Brandeberry’s service with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Brandeberry is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ardith, who accepted the medal on his behalf.

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Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, on Saturday presented a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal in honor of Burnell Brandeberry’s service with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Brandeberry is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ardith, who accepted the medal on his behalf. Pictured with Brandeberry (seated) from left are: Lt. Col. Mark Woodruff, vice commander of the Michigan Wing Civil Air Patrol; Col. Curtis Boehmer, Michigan Wing commander; and Zorn.

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Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, on Saturday presented Ardith Brandeberry with a Congressional Gold Medal, posthumously honoring her late husband’s service with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. Burnell Brandeberry served in a squadron based in Adrian, where he learned to fly and earned his wings before leaving to train as a B-29 tail gunner in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Upon discharge from the Army, Brandeberry studied education and became a teacher at schools in Illinois and Ohio. He also served as an elementary school principal in the Toledo area, where he retired. Brandeberry died in 2013 at the age of 86.

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Editor’s note: The above photographs are available by clicking on the images or by visiting Zorn’s website at www.SenatorDaleZorn.com/Photowire.