By Craig Andresen on March 29, 2012 at 5:51 am

The event took place on January 23, 1945, near Tettingen, Germany.

Master Sergeant Oresko’s official Medal of Honor citation was read to him on October 30th 1945 by  Harry S. Truman.

M/Sgt. Oresko was a platoon leader with Company C, in an attack against strong enemy positions. Deadly automatic fire from the flanks pinned down his unit. Realizing that a machinegun in a nearby bunker must be eliminated, he swiftly worked ahead alone, braving bullets which struck about him, until close enough to throw a grenade into the German position. He rushed the bunker and, with pointblank rifle fire, killed all the hostile occupants who survived the grenade blast. Another machinegun opened up on him, knocking him down and seriously wounding him in the hip. Refusing to withdraw from the battle, he placed himself at the head of his platoon to continue the assault. As withering machinegun and rifle fire swept the area, he struck out alone in advance of his men to a second bunker. With a grenade, he crippled the dug-in machinegun defending this position and then wiped out the troops manning it with his rifle, completing his second self-imposed, 1-man attack. Although weak from loss of blood, he refused to be evacuated until assured the mission was successfully accomplished. Through quick thinking, indomitable courage, and unswerving devotion to the attack in the face of bitter resistance and while wounded, M/Sgt. Oresko killed 12 Germans, prevented a delay in the assault, and made it possible for Company C to obtain its objective with minimum casualties.

The event took place on On September 8, 2009, near the village of Ganjgal, Afghanistan.

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Comment by Terry Reitz on March 30, 2012 at 10:35pm

What is honor?  Have you ever tasted it, or smelled it?  Where does honor come from and who “owns” it?  Can you give a, comprehensive, definition of it?  I can not.  While I can not define the word, I can see that one is not born knowing of it.  As others have said here, it is a learned concept, passed down from generation to generation – by example alone.


The one thing I can say of honor is that it comes from within a person – not from some outside source.  It is the one aspect of our selves that no one else controls.  No force in the universe can “take” your honor from you.  YOU are the only one who can give your honor away and, once abandoned, it is terrifyingly difficult to regain.


The honor, of Master Sergeant Oresko, Corporal Myer and thousands of other Americans – publicly recognized or privately felt – can never be “tarnished” by the actions of those who yearn for such honor but can never understand, or feel it.  To the contrary, the radiant honor of those, like Master Sergeant Oresko and Corporal Myer, stands in bright contrast to the  total absence of honor, in the black and shriveled hearts, of Obama and others like him.


Remember that contrast, whenever you see it, and remember one more thing.  Such heroes ask not for recognition as, for them, they were only fulfilling their oaths and their duty – nothing more.  When we see such valor, it should remind us of OUR duty to those who have demonstrated it.  If we truly believe in honor we must look to our own hearts and ask ourselves…”What have I done to be worthy of their selfless sacrifices for me?”.

Comment by Tom Becker on March 30, 2012 at 6:52am

Excellent.  God Bless the true heroes.

Comment by Gary L Hastriter on March 29, 2012 at 10:36am

Great article, Craig.

The picture of Trayvon reminds me that maybe like father, like son. I would hope that the police do a background check on the parents of the deceased. The picture shows me poor upbringing. I know times have changed since I was a lad. I do blame the parents now days for the childrens behavior.

The deaths of Warriors are tragic and the reason they were there is their upbringing passed down by their parents and previous generations.

God Bless our Warriors and the good people in this world. I won't say what I wish for the rest of the scum.

Comment by Consuelo Helbling on March 29, 2012 at 10:30am

Excellent piece.

This helps to explain it: They are godless, or they play at God, and they do not have the same moral compass.


Comment by David D. Riker American on March 29, 2012 at 9:45am

This is the very reason why our veterans deserve our admiration and respect. People like this show without thinking the highest form of courage and concern for comrades, and my idea of a hero and role model, not like some over paid sports figure.

Him and our veterans active and inactive reflect the best that the U.S. Army, the military and the United States has to offer.

From one veteran to another I am grateful for your service to our country, and will stand with you proudly.

Comment by Phillip Blackaby on March 29, 2012 at 9:24am

Wonderful article, Craig.

It's disconsolate to know Cpl. Meyer's honor was tarnished when the much deserved medal was bestowed by the current Charlatan-In-Chief, and one hopes the next veritable president would rectify that with bona fide ceremony and true fealty.

Comment by crystaldebeers on March 29, 2012 at 9:17am

Great Article.  God Bless the true Heroes and Martyrs.

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on March 29, 2012 at 9:01am

Excellent thank you.

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