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Funeral set for Medal of Honor hero from Cresskill, 96

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A funeral service for Nicholas Oresko, the World War II Medal of Honor hero who died Friday at the age of 96, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Bergen Community College before his burial in George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus.

  • TRIBUTE: They said that World War II hero Nicholas Oresko had no family, but nothing could be further from the truth — not after the Medal of Honor recipient’s funeral service and interment today. READ MORE ….

The service will be held at BCC’s Anna Maria Ciccone Theater before interment at the memorial cemetery.

Oresko, who was the oldest living Medal of Honor winner, died Friday at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center of complications following surgery that afternoon for a broken right leg.

It was the same leg that was wounded in a heroic effort by Oresko during the Battle of the Bulge. That day, near Tettingen, Germany, Oresko single-handedly defeated a German bunker, was seriously wounded, and then destroyed a second bunker despite his injuries.

President Truman gave him the medal during a ceremony at the White House.

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A TRIBUTE: Nicholas Oresko, the nation’s oldest living Medal of Honor recipient at 96, died tonight at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Scott McNiff, a Westwood police officer, was among the last to see him. This is his account of that visit, as told to CLIFFVIEW PILOT Publisher/Editor Jerry DeMarco. READ MORE…

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( NOTE: An error in a previous headline was corrected shortly after the initial story was published.)

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