A member of the 101st Airborne Division who fought heroically during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II has finally received the Silver Star he earned. Staff Sgt. Edmund “Eddie” Sternot was honored posthumously with the award Nov. 10 for his gallantry Jan. 4, 1945, in the Ardennes Forest, according to an Army news release. Sternot set up a perimeter defense around Bastogne, Belgium, to defend against attacking German soldiers, and led a machine gun section to beat back German attacks, killing 60 enemy fighters. He died Jan. 13, 1945, when he exposed himself to enemy fire to throw a hand grenade and was hit by a German tank round. He never received his medal. The Silver Star was presented to Sternot’s first cousin, Delores Sternot, 80, of Goleta, California. Read more at Military.com.