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CENTERVILLE, Utah (AP) — A World War II veteran from Utah who died five years ago has been honored.

The Congressional Gold Medal was presented posthumously to Billy Kirkbride of Davis County during a ceremony Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

The medal, bestowed by Congress, is the highest civilian award in the U.S.

The Standard-Examiner of Ogden reports (http://bit.ly/1DaKJAq ) Kirkbride's widow, Mary, and all five of their daughters attended the ceremony.

Kirkbride was a member of an elite American-Canadian special forces unit nicknamed the Devil's Brigade.

The Dayton, Idaho, native moved to Clearfield after landing a job at Utah's Hill Air Force Base.

His daughter, Jill Chandler of Ogden, says several living members of the unit also attended the ceremony.

The entire unit, officially known as the First Special Service Force, also was honored with a medal.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net

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