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NJ Medal of Honor vet honored with US stamp

11-11-13

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — 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 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.