Hibbing native Michael Colalillo died Friday at Bayshore Nursing Home in Duluth. Northland NewsCenter reports he was 86.
Colalillo received the Medal of Honor after he spurred his company to attack a Nazi position fortified with mortar, machine gun and heavy artillery barrages. More than two dozen enemy lost their lives in the attack. Colalillo also helped a wounded fellow soldier to safety through a large open area subject to enemy fire. The many honors Colalillo has received include a bust in Duluth City Hall and a street bears his name. He's listed in the Duluth and Denfield High School halls of fame.
He was awarded the Medal of Honor by Harry Truman on December 18, 1945. Below is a video interview by Medal of Honor Book with Colalillo about the circumstances that led to the award: