Culpeper Times: Spanberger honors 100-year-old World War II veteran from Culpeper

CULPEPER TIMES

On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger recognized Staff Sergeant Richard Francis Brani of Culpeper.

Brani is a U.S. Army Veteran, who served during World War II. Last month, Brani was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his gallantry during the Battle of the Bulge — a critical turning point during the war.

Nearly 80 years ago, Brani 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.”

From the beaches of Normandy to the forests of the Ardennes, Brani and his regiment faced freezing temperatures, fierce enemy fire and insurmountable odds as they warded off German forces.

Last month — and at 100 years old — Brani was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for demonstrating extraordinary heroism during this critical turning point in World War II.

“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,” Spanberger said.

Recent Posts


Feb 29, 2024
Press

During Black History Month, Spanberger Introduces Bill to Name Fredericksburg Post Office for Civil Rights Leader, Gladys P. Todd

Gladys P. Todd Was A Revered School Teacher, Voting Rights Advocate, & Community Organizer in Fredericksburg WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today introduced legislation to rename a Fredericksburg post office after Gladys P. Todd, a prominent leader in the Fredericksburg civil rights movement. Located at 1285 Emancipation Highway in Fredericksburg, the post office […]



Feb 28, 2024
Infrastructure

Spanberger Leads Virginia Lawmakers in Working to Protect $30 Internet Discount for Virginia Families, Fund Affordable Connectivity Program

The “Affordable Connectivity Program” Right Now Helps More than 455,000 Virginia Households Afford High-Speed Internet WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today led members of the Virginia congressional delegation in a bipartisan effort urging the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations to extend funding for a key discount program that allows more Virginia families to […]



Feb 26, 2024
Womens' Issues

In Wake of Alabama Supreme Court Ruling, Spanberger Joins Bicameral Effort to Protect Access to IVF

Congresswoman: “This Ruling Sets a Dangerous Precedent” WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today backed legislation to protect every American’s right to access in-vitro fertilization (IVF) following the Alabama Supreme Court’s ruling that frozen embryos are children under the law. On February 16, 2024, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos — or […]