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WNY resident who liberated Nazi concentration camp to be honored in Tonawanda

Civil leaders on Friday will honor the late Army Pfc. Howard M. Ehrhardt, a Western New York native who was one of the first soldiers to arrive at Dachau, the Nazi's first concentration camp, and help liberate it.

On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Ehrhardt's World War II military service medals, including the Bronze Star, will be presented to his son, Howard M. Ehrhardt Jr. of Tonawanda, who is a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam, at 10:30 a.m. in the Tonawanda Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave.

Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo and other Tonawanda leaders will be at the medal ceremony.

Ehrhardt passed away on Sept. 16, 1991, but his son has said that he will never forget what his father told him a week before he died: "Do not ever let anything like the Holocaust ever happen again."

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