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January 4, 2012 - Burt Angeli
Mike Colalillo, who earned the nation’s highest award for bravery in combat during World War II, died last month at the age of 86.
The Duluth, Minn., resident, not long after his 18th birthday, according to the News Tribune, took on a German machine gun nest and a dozen enemy soldiers.
With his handgun out of commission, Colalillo jumped on a U.S. tank and used the machine gun on enemy positions.
Colalillo wasn’t done there. He spotted a wounded friend, put him on his shoulders and covered several hundred yards of open field.
“It was a rough time, and I was scared,” Colalillo told the Saint Paul Pioneer Press in 2004. “But I had to do what I had to do.”
If you’re in West Duluth, you’ll find Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor Park.
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