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Divemaster
10-04-2013, 21:43
Nicholas Oresko of Cresskill, World War II hero, dies at 96

FRIDAY OCTOBER 4, 2013, 10:23 PM
BY EVONNE COUTROS AND ABBOTT KOLOFF
STAFF WRITERS

Nicholas Oresko of Cresskill, the nation’s oldest Medal of Honor recipient, died Friday evening, surrounded by veterans and military personnel who had gathered there all week after hearing on social media that he was in the hospital with a broken leg.

He died at 6:30 p.m. at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center of complications from surgery for a broken right femur, said John “Jack” Carbone, a family friend. That was the same leg injured by gunfire on Jan. 23, 1945, as he crawled from one enemy bunker to another.

Oresko had no living immediate family, but he was never alone at the hospital after being taken there earlier in the week from a Cresskill assisted living facility, Carbone said. Veterans and young members of various branches of military service were at his side, with more than two dozen at the hospital Friday afternoon before he was taken to have surgery.

Full story: http://www.northjersey.com/cresskill/Nicholas_Oresko_of_Creskill_World_War_II_hero_dies _at_96.html

It is sad to think I'll likely still be around to live in a world without his generation.

Divemaster
10-04-2013, 21:46
ORESKO, NICHOLAS

Rank and organization: Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company C, 302d Infantry, 94th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Tettington, Germany, 23 January 1945. Entered service at: Bayonne, N.J. Birth: Bayonne, N.J. G.O. No.: 95, 30 October 1945.

Citation:

M/Sgt. Oresko was a platoon leader with Company C, in an attack against strong enemy positions. Deadly automatic fire from the flanks pinned down his unit. Realizing that a machinegun in a nearby bunker must be eliminated, he swiftly worked ahead alone, braving bullets which struck about him, until close enough to throw a grenade into the German position. He rushed the bunker and, with pointblank rifle fire, killed all the hostile occupants who survived the grenade blast. Another machinegun opened up on him, knocking him down and seriously wounding him in the hip. Refusing to withdraw from the battle, he placed himself at the head of his platoon to continue the assault. As withering machinegun and rifle fire swept the area, he struck out alone in advance of his men to a second bunker. With a grenade, he crippled the dug-in machinegun defending this position and then wiped out the troops manning it with his rifle, completing his second self-imposed, 1-man attack. Although weak from loss of blood, he refused to be evacuated until assured the mission was successfully accomplished. Through quick thinking, indomitable courage, and unswerving devotion to the attack in the face of bitter resistance and while wounded, M /Sgt. Oresko killed 12 Germans, prevented a delay in the assault, and made it possible for Company C to obtain its objective with minimum casualties.

PRB
10-04-2013, 21:51
ORESKO, NICHOLAS

Rank and organization: Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company C, 302d Infantry, 94th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Tettington, Germany, 23 January 1945. Entered service at: Bayonne, N.J. Birth: Bayonne, N.J. G.O. No.: 95, 30 October 1945.

Citation:

M/Sgt. Oresko was a platoon leader with Company C, in an attack against strong enemy positions. Deadly automatic fire from the flanks pinned down his unit. Realizing that a machinegun in a nearby bunker must be eliminated, he swiftly worked ahead alone, braving bullets which struck about him, until close enough to throw a grenade into the German position. He rushed the bunker and, with pointblank rifle fire, killed all the hostile occupants who survived the grenade blast. Another machinegun opened up on him, knocking him down and seriously wounding him in the hip. Refusing to withdraw from the battle, he placed himself at the head of his platoon to continue the assault. As withering machinegun and rifle fire swept the area, he struck out alone in advance of his men to a second bunker. With a grenade, he crippled the dug-in machinegun defending this position and then wiped out the troops manning it with his rifle, completing his second self-imposed, 1-man attack. Although weak from loss of blood, he refused to be evacuated until assured the mission was successfully accomplished. Through quick thinking, indomitable courage, and unswerving devotion to the attack in the face of bitter resistance and while wounded, M /Sgt. Oresko killed 12 Germans, prevented a delay in the assault, and made it possible for Company C to obtain its objective with minimum casualties.

I'll bet the good MSG never thought he'd see 96 back in the day. RIP Sir.

Divemaster
10-04-2013, 21:54
I'll bet the good MSG never thought he'd see 96 back in the day. RIP Sir.

I can't imagine how blessed he must have found each day since, nor how horrible he likely found so many of the nights.

The Reaper
10-04-2013, 22:27
Rest in Peace, Master Sergeant.

Thank you for your courage, and for setting the example.

You will not be forgotten.

TR

Stingray
10-04-2013, 23:08
Rest in peace MSG.

Sincerely,

JHD
10-05-2013, 04:10
Rest in peace, sir. Godspeed.

JJ_BPK
10-05-2013, 04:32
RIP MSG Oresko, Vaya con Dios..

SF_BHT
10-05-2013, 07:25
RIP MSG Oresko..........

TOMAHAWK9521
10-05-2013, 09:35
Rest In Peace, Sir.

medic&commo
10-05-2013, 10:23
Thank you MSG Oresko R.I.P.

m&c

Peregrino
10-05-2013, 10:28
Thank you for your example M/Sgt. Oresko. May you rest in peace.

mojaveman
10-05-2013, 14:06
Hat's off to MSG Oresko.

Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace.

Requiem
10-06-2013, 03:40
Oresko had no living immediate family, but he was never alone at the hospital after being taken there earlier in the week from a Cresskill assisted living facility

God bless those stayed by his side at the end.

RIP, MSG Oresko.

S.