Biddle, Melvin Earl, PFC

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1946, 745, 1st Battalion, 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment/B Company
Service Years
1943 - 1945

Private First Class


One Service Stripe



Three Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Home Town
Daleville
Last Address
Anderson, IN

Date of Passing
Dec 17, 2010
 
Location of Interment
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Infantry Shoulder Cord Honorably Discharged WW II French Fourragere 18th Airborne Corps




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PFC Melvin Earl “Bud” Biddle


World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War I as a Private in Company B of the 1st Battalion, 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment. On December 23-24, 1944, near Soy, Belgium, he reconnoitered the German lines alone, killed three enemy snipers, and silenced four hostile machine gun emplacements. When rumor spread that he was to be decorated for his actions, Biddle approached his company commander to protest, but was quickly dismissed. Biddle was seriously wounded a few days later by German artillery. For his actions during the battle near Soy, Biddle was awarded the Medal of Honor in ceremonies at the White House on October 30, 1945, by President Harry Truman. He traveled by train from Anderson to Washington, D.C.; while enroute he was promoted to the rank of corporal. When presenting the medal to him, President Truman whispered "People don't believe me when I tell them that I'd rather have one of these than be President." He was also awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman Badge. Biddle worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs for many years. He passed away at Saint John's Medical Center in Anderson, Indiana.


   
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WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Southern France Campaign (1944)
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
(Southern France Campaign 15 August to 14 September 1944) While the Germans were retreating in Italy in the summer of 1944, the Allies diverted some of their strength in the theater to the invasion of Southern France. After preliminary bombardment, a combined seaborne-airborne force landed on the French Riviera on 15 August. Marseilles having been taken, Sevmth Army advanced up the Rhone Valley and by mid-September was in touch with Allied forces that had entered France from the north.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
Dec 20, 2010
   
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  124 Also There at This Battle:
  • Adams, Lucian (MOH), S/Sgt, (1943-1945)
  • Addis, Gerald, S/Sgt, (1941-1944)
  • Angileri, Joseph, T/Sgt, (1942-1946)
  • Blalock, Dennis Ferrell, COL, (1941-1970)
  • Brown, Garfield, Cpl, (1942-1946)
  • Dallas, Frank J., LTC, (1942-1970)
  • DeVanie, John, PFC
  • Field, Richard, PFC, (1943-1945)
  • Finklea, Lawrence, Cpl, (1940-1949)
  • Fisco, Richard, S/Sgt
  • Grange, David E., Jr., LTG, (1943-1984)
  • La Doucer, Harvey, PFC, (1944-1945)
  • Leach, Oliver D., Sgt, (1943-1945)
  • Maxwell, Robert, Cpl, (1942-1945)
  • McHugh, Joseph Wilford, PFC, (1942-1945)
  • Patten, Moultrie M., 1LT, (1942-1945)
  • Ruble, Roy, LTC, (1942-1972)
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