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Altona vet gets long overdue medals

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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -

It's taken nearly 70-years but an Army Private from the North Country who served in World War II finally received his war medals Monday.

Jospeh Burnell from Altona, New York is now 91.  He was just 23 when he joined the Army and fought in both Europe and Africa.  He was also held as a POW for 18 months.  Burnell said he had given up any hope of getting his medals, but during a Veterans Day ceremony on the former Plattsburgh Air and Army base he was surprised with -- and awarded -- all four of his medals, including two Bronze Stars.

"I never expected it...never expected them really... it's very nice,"  Burnell said.

The local Chapter of Disabled American Veterans helped get the long-overdue medals.  Burnell volunteered for the organization for many years, driving vets to the VA hospital in Albany.

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