Gov. Chris Christie has ordered flags to fly at half-staff on all state buildings to mark the passing of a New Jersey veteran who had been the oldest living recipient of the Medal of Honor.

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Nicholas Oresko, a Bayonne native, was deployed to Europe in 1944. The Army master sergeant was badly wounded as he single-handedly took out two enemy bunkers during the Battle of the Bulge in 1945. He died Oct. 4 at a New Jersey hospital at the age of 96.

In 2011, the World War II veteran became the nation's oldest living Medal of Honor recipient.

Christie signed the flag order Wednesday.

A funeral service is scheduled for Oresko on Thursday at The Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre on the campus of Bergen Community College in Paramus.

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