Last Minnesota Medal Of Honor Recipient Passes Away In Duluth

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 at 6:27 am

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.


  1. Jeff Etheredge 01/20/12 at 11:26am

    Thank you for this story. I have one little comment that may seem nit picky. The men who wear this medal very much want to be called “Medal of honor recipients” not “winners”. It wasn’t a race or a contest or a raffle, but an act that represents the acts of countless other soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines. Thank you again for posting this story about an American hero.

  2. jesse 01/20/12 at 11:41am

    Thanks for the heads up Jeff, honest mistake but I fixed it!

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