Last Minnesota Medal Of Honor Recipient Passes Away In Duluth
Mike Colalillo, the last Medal of Honor recipient in Minnesota, has passed away at the age of 86.
Colalillo died Friday at a Duluth nursing home, the Dougherty Funeral Home confirmed Monday.
The WWII vet received the nation’s highest military honor for bravery in combat for killing or wounding 25 Germans and helping a seriously wounded comrade to safety during a fierce firefight near Untergriesheim, Germany, on April 7, 1945 , toward the end of World War II.
According to the Medal of Honor Society, Colalillo’s death leaves 84 recipients still living across the U.S.
Forty-six Minnesotans, including Colalillo, have received the Medal of Honor, according to the Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley in Little Falls.