NEWARK - President Barack Obama will award the nation's highest medal for valor to an Army private from Newark who was killed in the Korean War.

Henry Svehla's sisters will receive the honor on his behalf during a ceremony on May 2.

The Defense Department says the rifleman charged enemy positions when his platoon came under heavy fire on June 12, 1952. The then 20-year-old was mortally wounded when he threw himself on a grenade.