CULPEPER STAR-EXPONENT, ALLISON BROPHY CHAMPION
The name of Staff Sergeant Richard Francis Brani echoed through the halls of U.S. Congress on a recent morning.
The 100-year-old WWII veteran from Culpeper was recognized Jan. 12 by U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-7th, for receiving the Bronze Star Medal late last year for his gallantry at the Battle of the Bulge nearly 80 years ago.
It was a critical turning point in the war, Spanberger read into the record.
Brani valiantly served in three campaigns in the European Theater, including on the Western Front, where he distinguished himself as part of the 84th Infantry Division “Railsplitters,” the Congresswoman stated.
“From the beaches of Normandy to the forests of the Ardennes, Mr. Brani and his regiment faced freezing temperatures, fierce enemy fire and insurmountable odds as they warded off German forces,” she said.
“Amidst trials that tested their resolve, their bravery never wavered.”
His service is a reminder of the sacrifices made by an entire generation — the sacrifices that led to freedoms all Americans hold dear today, Spanberger stated.
“On behalf of a grateful nation, I stand before the U.S. House of Representatives to thank Staff Sergeant Richard Francis Brani for his devoted service to our extraordinary country.”