LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn will be presenting a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal to Burnell Brandeberry on Saturday in Temperance. Brandeberry is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ardith, who will be receiving the medal on his behalf.
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida;
Ardith Brandeberry; and
Area veterans and community leaders.
A posthumous presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal to Burnell Brandeberry.
Saturday, April 15 at 6 p.m.
Bedford Township Hall
8100 Jackman Rd.
Temperance, MI 48182
On May 30, 2014, President Obama signed Senate Bill 309, a bipartisan bill awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol. On Dec.10, 2014, Forty-six Civil Air Patrol World War II members were awarded the medal in Emancipation Hall at the Capitol. Following the presentation, the Civil Air Patrol began searching for other wartime members, both living and deceased, to perform similar presentations in their local communities.
The medal is presented in honor of Brandeberry’s service with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II, before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Brandeberry served in a Squadron based in Adrian, learning to fly and earning 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, earning his Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Bowling Green State University, and became a teacher at schools in Illinois and Ohio. He also served an elementary school principal in the Toledo area, where he retired. Brandeberry died in 2013 at the age of 86.