Nicholas Oresko

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Nicholas Oresko
Nicholas Oresko, Medal of Honor recipient
Born(1917-01-18)January 18, 1917
Bayonne, New Jersey
DiedOctober 4, 2013(2013-10-04) (aged 96)
Englewood, New Jersey
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
RankMaster Sergeant
Unit302nd Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsMedal of Honor

Nicholas Oresko (January 18, 1917 – October 4, 2013) was a United States Army veteran and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions on 23 January 1945, during World War II.[1][2]


Oresko was born on January 18, 1917, in Bayonne, New Jersey. Oresko later joined the Army from that city in March 1942.[4]

Following the death of Barney F. Hajiro in January 2011, Oresko became the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient. Oresko lived in Cresskill, New Jersey.[2] Bayonne School #14 was renamed in his honor in July 2010.[3][1]

Oresko died while undergoing surgery for a broken femur on October 4, 2013 in Englewood, New Jersey. He was 96 years old.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Collier, Peter (2006). Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty. New York: Workman Publishing Company. p. 204. ISBN 978-1-57965-314-9.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Considine, Bob (May 30, 2010). "New Jerseyans observe Memorial Day through different perspectives". The Star-Ledger. Newark, New Jersey. Archived from the original on May 31, 2010.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hack, Charles (July 10, 2010). "New school name honors WW II recipient of medal for heroism". The Jersey Journal. Jersey City, New Jersey. Archived from the original on July 10, 2010.
  4. WWII Army Enlistment Records
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