His country's highest honor
World War II veteran Nicholas Oresko was, before his death last week at age 96, the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient. The Medal of Honor is the highest military honor bestowed by the United States, awarded to members of the armed services who distinguish themselves "at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States."
Oresko's obituary tells a tale of the valor that earned him this great honor. As we remember and read about his life, we're also saluting the other Medal of Honor recipients who have recently made news after their deaths.