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Minnesota's last WWII Medal of Honor recipient laid to rest Saturday

Mike Colalillo of West Duluth was one of 450 service members awarded the nation's highest combat award during World War II. Despite the honor, friends say Colalillo rarely spoke of his gallantry because of how humble he was.
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Mike Colalillo of West Duluth was one of 450 service members awarded the nation's highest combat award during World War II. Despite the honor, friends say Colalillo rarely spoke of his gallantry because of how humble he was.

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