Biddle, Melvin E.
|Birthname||Melvin Earl Biddle|
|born on||28 November 1923 at 20:40 (= 8:40 PM )|
|Place||Daleville, Indiana, 40n07, 85w33|
|Timezone||CST h6w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||05°51' 08°12 Asc. 05°45'|
United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II.
By 23 December 1944, Biddle was serving in Europe as a private first class in Company B of the 1st Battalion, 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment. On that day and the following day during the Battle of the Bulge, near Soy, Belgium (now a deelgemeente of Érezée), he reconnoitered the German lines alone, killed three enemy snipers, and silenced four hostile machine gun emplacements. A week later, he was wounded in the neck by shrapnel which just missed his jugular vein. After recovering in England for several weeks, he headed back to his unit and on the way learned through an article in Stars and Stripes that he would be awarded the Medal of Honor.
Biddle also received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Biddle died of congestive heart failure on 16 December 2010 at Saint John's Medical Center in Anderson following a sudden illness. He was aged 87.
Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate from Indiana Archives.
- Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Heart disease/attack
- Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 87)
- Vocation : Military : Combat
- Vocation : Military : Honors (Medal of Honor, Bronze Star, Purple Heart)
- Vocation : Military : Military service (Army soldier, WWII)
- Vocation : Military : Wounded