Person:Nicholas Oresko (1)

  1. Mary Oreskoabt 1916 -
  2. Nicholas Oresko1917 - 2013
  3. John Fred Oresko1919 - 1982
  4. Olga Oreskoabt 1925 -
  • HNicholas Oresko1917 - 2013
  • WJean Strang1922 - 1980
  1. Robert Oresko - 2010
Facts and Events
Name Nicholas Oresko
Gender Male
Birth[1] 18 Jan 1917 Bayonne, Hudson, New Jersey, United States
Census[3] 1920 Bayonne, Hudson, New Jersey, United States
Census[5] 1930 Bayonne, Hudson, New Jersey, United States
Census[6] 1940 Bayonne, Hudson, New Jersey, United States
Military[1] 25 Mar 1942 Fort Dix, Burlington, New Jersey, United StatesEnlistment
Residence 1943 Salina, Saline, Kansas, United States528 S Santa Fe
with Jean Strang
Military[2] 23 Jan 1945 Tettingen-Butzdorf, Rheinland, Preußen, Germany
Residence[7] 1946 Bayonne, Hudson, New Jersey, United States131 Hunphreys Ave.
Reference Number? Q7026007?
Death[4] 4 Oct 2013 Englewood, Bergen, New Jersey, United StatesEnglewood Hospital and Medical Center
Burial[4] 10 Oct 2013 Paramus, Bergen, New Jersey, United StatesGeorge Washington Memorial Park

From Wikipedia:

Born on January 18, 1917, in Bayonne, New Jersey, Oresko later joined the Army from that city in March 1942.[2] He was sent to Europe and arrived in France in September 1944, three months after the Normandy landings, as a platoon sergeant in Company C, 302nd Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division. His unit spent the next several months mopping up pockets of German soldiers who had been bypassed in the Allies' initial push through the northern part of France. In December 1944 they were redeployed to replace the 90th Infantry Division as part of Patton's 3d Army. The 94th assumed positions opposite the Westwall and the German 11th Panzer Division.

Following the death of Barney F. Hajiro in January 2011, Oresko became the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient. Oresko lived in Cresskill, New Jersey.[4] Bayonne School #14 was renamed in his honor in July 2010.[5]

Oresko died while undergoing surgery for a broken femur on October 4, 2013. He was 96 years old.

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Nicholas Oresko (January 18, 1917 – October 4, 2013) was an American combat veteran of World War II who had received the Medal of Honor for his valorous actions in Germany on January 23, 1945.[1]


^ Collier, Peter (2006). Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty. New York: Workman Publishing Company. p. 204. ISBN 978-1-57965-314-9. Jump up ^ WWII Army Enlistment Records ^ Jump up to: a b "Medal of Honor recipients - World War II (M-S)". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved September 5, 2007. ^ Jump up to: a b Considine, Bob (May 30, 2010). "New Jerseyans observe Memorial Day through different perspectives". The Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey). Archived from the original on May 31, 2010. Jump up ^ Hack, Charles (July 10, 2010). "New school name honors WW II recipient of medal for heroism". The Jersey Journal (Jersey City, New Jersey). Archived from the original on July 10, 2010. Jump up ^ [1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 United States. National Archives and Records Administration (ARC # 1263923). World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946. (2002).

    Name: Nicholas Oresko Name (Original): ORESKO NICHOLAS Event Type: Military Service Event Date: 25 Mar 1942 Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law Event Place: Ft Dix, New Jersey, United States Residence Place: Race: White Citizenship Status: citizen Birth Year: 1917 Birthplace: NEW JERSEY Education Level: 1 year of college Civilian Occupation: Clerks, general office Marital Status: Married Military Rank: Private Army Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA Army Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men) Source Reference: Civil Life Serial Number: 32262692 Affiliate Publication Title: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946 Affiliate ARC Identifier: 1263923 Box Film Number: 04882.152

  2. Nicholas Oresko, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.

    On January 23, 1945, near Tettingen, Germany, Oresko, by then a master sergeant, single-handedly defeated a German bunker, was seriously wounded, and then destroyed a second bunker despite his injuries. For his heroic actions, he was awarded the Medal of Honor nine months later, on October 30, 1945. The medal was formally presented to him by President Harry Truman during a ceremony at the White House.

  3. United States. 1920 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T625).

    Year: 1920; Census Place: Bayonne Ward 5, Hudson, New Jersey; Roll: T625_1040; Page: 23B; Enumeration District: 44; Image: 548.

  4. 4.0 4.1 Nicholas Oresko, in N.J. News, 10 Oct 2013.

    Article: "Mourners gather to honor N.J. WWII hero Nicholas Oresko"
    Master Sgt. Nicholas Oresko found himself alone on Jan. 23, 1945, standing before a hill fortified by two pill box bunkers filled with 12 Nazi soldiers. His actions that day saved the lives of two dozen men and earned him the Medal of Honor - the highest military award given. He had spent years as the country's oldest recipient until passing away on Oct. 4. On Thursday, he was laid to rest following ceremonies at Bergen Community College in Paramus.

  5. United States. 1930 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T626).

    Year: 1930; Census Place: Bayonne, Hudson, New Jersey; Roll: 1347; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 203; Image: 689.0; FHL microfilm: 2341082.

  6. United States. 1940 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T627).

    Year: 1940; Census Place: Bayonne, Hudson, New Jersey; Roll: T627_2345; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 9-37.

  7., U.S., WWII Jewish Servicemen Cards, 1942-1947.