Medal of Honor Recipient Melvin E. Biddle Passes Away at 87
Earned Nation's Highest Award for Valor during World War II
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C., Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Congressional Medal of Honor Society announces that Private First Class Melvin E. Biddle, Medal of Honor recipient, passed away Thursday, December 16, 2010 at his home in Anderson, Indiana at age 87.
Melvin received his Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony from President Truman on October 12, 1945. During the ceremony President Truman whispered to him, "people don't believe me when I tell them I'd rather have one of these than be president."
He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy near Soy, Belgium, on 23 and 24 December 1944. Serving as lead scout during an attack to relieve the enemy-encircled town of Hotton, Pfc. Biddle's intrepid courage and superb daring during his 20-hour action enabled his battalion to break the enemy grasp on Hotton with a minimum of casualties.
He was born in Daleville, IN where he attended elementary school and then on to high school in Anderson, IN.
Melvin Biddle is survived by his wife Leona and many other family members. Funeral services are pending. There are 86 recipients alive today.