The Herald Bulletin

December 30, 2010

2010's Top Stories: Biddle was a quiet hero

By Stephen Dick
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — The World War II generation is disappearing. The men who ought the good fight and won against fascism are mostly gone or are nearing their last days. Even the heroes.

Melvin “Bud” Biddle died at the age of 87. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge at Christmastime in 1944. It was the last major offensive for the Nazis and the Americans, especially with soldiers like Biddle, weren’t about to let the Germans gbain another foothold in western Europe.

As part of the parachute infantry, Biddle found himself alone scouting ahead for others. Over the course of two days, he killed 20 Germans before he took some shrapnel himself.

In October, 1945, Biddle found himself being presented the Medal of Honor by President Truman who told Biddle that he’d rather have the Medal of Honor than be president. Truman served with the Army in World War I as a battery commander.

Biddle died on Dec. 16, the 66th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Bulge.