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Melvin Earl "Bud" Biddle
Birth: Nov. 28, 1923
Daleville
Delaware County
Indiana, USA
Death: Dec. 17, 2010
Anderson
Madison County
Indiana, USA

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II 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. (bio by: Rick France) 
 
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Anderson Memorial Park
Anderson
Madison County
Indiana, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Rick France
Record added: Dec 17, 2010
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Melvin Earl Bud Biddle
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