Oldest surviving Medal of Honor recipient dies at 96

Posted at 10:59 AM, Oct 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-07 10:59:24-04

Paramus, N.J. - A 96-year-old man who would have described himself as an 'ordinary guy' passed away Friday in a New Jersey hospital. But Nicholas Oresko was surrounded by dozens of friends and admirers who knew he was anything but ordinary.

According to a report from CBS News, at the time of his death, Oresko was the oldest surviving recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Oresko, an oil refinery worker from Bayonne, N.J., served with the U.S. Army during World War II. During the Battle of the Bulge in 1945, 28-year-old Sgt. Oresko was ordered to take a hill held by the the Germans. He later described what happened in a documentary about Medal of Honor recipients.

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