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NJ Medal of Honor Vet Honored with US Stamp

Medal of Honor stamps
Pictured (clockwise from top left) are Charles H. Coolidge of Chattanooga, TN; Francis S. Currey of Selkirk, NY; Walter D. Ehlers of Buena Park, CA; John D. Hawk of Bremerton, WA; Daniel K. Inouye of Honolulu, HI; Robert D. Maxwell of Bend, OR; Vernon McGarity of Memphis, TN; Nicholas Oresko of Creskill, NJ; Wilburn K. Ross of Dupont, WA; and George T. Sakato of Denver, CO, all of whom served with the U.S. Army. Arthur J. Jackson of Boise, ID; and Hershel W. Williams of Ona, WV; served with the U.S. Marine Corps.(US Postal Service)

A New Jersey soldier who had been the nation’s oldest living recipient of the Medal of Honor before his death last month is being honored with a U.S. postage stamp.

Nicholas Oresko
Master Sgt. Nicholas Oresko (Congressional Medal of Honor Society)

Nicholas Oresko is among the recipients whose photos appear in the new World War II Medal of Honor Forever stamp folio being issued Monday. The postal service is holding a ceremony in Paterson to preview the folio and honor veterans.

Oresko died at age 96 on Oct. 4. The Bayonne native, who lived in Cresskill, 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.

 MORE COVERAGE:

  • Profile / Congressional Medal of Honor Society

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