Funeral Held for Medal of Honor Vet from NJ

Nicholas Oresko, a Bayonne native, had been the oldest living recipient of the Medal of Honor

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013  |  Updated 9:46 PM EDT
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A solemn rememberance was held for Bayonne native Nicholas Oresko, a World War II Medal of Honor hero. Tracie Strahan reports.

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A solemn rememberance was held for Bayonne native Nicholas Oresko, a World War II Medal of Honor hero. Tracie Strahan reports.

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Friends and veterans honored a New Jersey soldier who had been the nation's oldest living recipient of the Medal of Honor.

Nicholas Oresko didn't have any living relatives when he died at age 96 on Oct. 4.

Three hundred people attended a public funeral for Oresko at The Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre on the Bergen County College campus in Paramus Thursday. Five Medal of Honor recipients attended.

The Bayonne native was deployed in Europe during World War II. The Army master sergeant was badly wounded as he single-handedly took out two enemy bunkers during the Battle of the Bulge in 1945.

Oresko became the nation's oldest living Medal of Honor recipient in 2011.

Gov. Chris Christie ordered flags on all state buildings to fly at half-staff in Oresko's memory.

Read more about how Oresko earned his Medal of Honor

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