MELVILLE - Bernard Sanders has finally received medals he earned for his World War II service six decades ago.

Sanders served in the Army of Occupation in Germany during the war. The 81-year-old Melville resident and former M-47 tank commander never received his physical National Defense Service or Army of Occupation medals when he was discharged.

The proud veteran called Sen. Charles Schumer’s Office to ask for his medals. Schumer presented them to him today.

“It’s something I felt I was owed,” he says.

Sanders says now that he has tangible medals for his service, he can pass them down to his grandson.