Medal of Honor recipient enjoying Facebook fame

Nick Oresko received his medal from President Harry Truman. (1/29/13)

CRESKILL - America's oldest Medal of Honor recipient may not have a Facebook page, but he's a popular figure on the social networking website.

Earlier this month, News 12 New Jersey featured a photo and story celebrating Nick Oresko's 96th birthday. The post on the News 12 New Jersey Facebook page immediately went viral, prompting nearly a quarter million online reactions.

"I think that's great," Oresko said of his Facebook fame, "once you start to understand this, it's overwhelming."

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Oresko is a World War II veteran. He received his medal from President Harry Truman on October 30, 1945.

He was born in Bayonne and lives in a Creskill retirement home.

There is a school in Bayonne named for Oresko.

To commemorate his online popularity, News 12 New Jersey's Ranji Sinha presented Oresko with a poster featuring some of the Facebook greetings along with a photo commemorating his Facebook fame.

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