Obama honors 1st living Medal of Honor recipient since Vietnam

The first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War was honored in Washington today by President Barack Obama. Obama awarded the Medal of

EDISON - The first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War was honored in Washington today by President Barack Obama. Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta for his heroic actions during the war in Afghanistan.

Two past recipients from the Garden State spoke with News 12 New Jersey about the honor, calling it a life-altering experience. Col. Jack Jacobs, who received the Medal of Honor more than 40 years ago, says the honor carries an awesome responsibility. Jacobs saved the lives of more than a dozen soldiers during a Vietnamese ambush.

World War II veteran and Master Sgt. Nicholas Oresko received his Medal of Honor from President Harry Truman in 1945 after taking down two German bunkers with a bullet in his hip. Orseko says Truman told him he would rather have the Medal of Honor than be president.

Obama to honor 1st living Medal of Honor recipient since Vietnam

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: Chopper 12 over small plane crash on 1 VIDEO: Chopper 12 over small plane crash on Bayonne street
A small plane crashed onto a street in 2 Small plane crashes on Bayonne street
Residents across New Jersey are taking advantage of 3 Residents take advantage of spring-like temps
Three police officers have been released from the 4 3 officers injured in crash following pursuit in Newark
5 Neighborhood Brief for Feb. 19

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE