PARAMUS - Funeral services were held Thursday for a Medal of Honor recipient from New Jersey who recently passed away.
Nicholas Oresko was America's oldest Medal of Honor recipient at 96 years old. The Bayonne native and World War II veteran died last Friday after undergoing surgery.
The service was held at the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre on the Bergen Community College campus in Paramus.
Oresko was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman in 1945. The Army master sergeant was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge, but fought to survive and destroyed two German bunkers during the battle.
Oresko's friend John Carbone say his actions were heroic. "It changed history. Made life possible for people in Russia and saved the Jewish people," Carbone says.
Four fellow Medal of Honor recipients, one from each branch of the military, were in attendance. The program also featured a message from U.S. Army General Ray Odierno and several mililtary personnel from West Point.
Flags were also flown at half-staff in his honor.
News 12 New Jersey previously honored Oresko on his 96th birthday. He was presented with a special poster after a Facebook post wishing him a happy birthday garnered more than 200,000 likes and nearly 4,000 comments.