Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 517th
Parachute Infantry Regiment.
Place and date: Near Soy, Belgium, 23-24 December
Entered service at: Anderson, Ind.
Birth: Daleville, Ind.
95, 30 October 1945.
Citation: 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, he aggressively penetrated a densely wooded area, advanced 400
yards until he came within range of intense enemy rifle fire, and within
20 yards of enemy positions killed 3 snipers with unerring marksmanship.
Courageously continuing his advance an additional 200 yards, he discovered
a hostile machinegun position and dispatched its 2 occupants. He then located
the approximate position of a well-concealed enemy machinegun nest, and
crawling forward threw hand grenades which killed two Germans and fatally
wounded a third. After signaling his company to advance, he entered a determined
line of enemy defense, coolly and deliberately shifted his position, and
shot 3 more enemy soldiers. Undaunted by enemy fire, he crawled within
20 yards of a machinegun nest, tossed his last hand grenade into the position,
and after the explosion charged the emplacement firing his rifle. When
night fell, he scouted enemy positions alone for several hours and returned
with valuable information which enabled our attacking infantry and armor
to knock out 2 enemy tanks. At daybreak he again led the advance and, when
flanking elements were pinned down by enemy fire, without hesitation made
his way toward a hostile machinegun position and from a distance of 50
yards killed the crew and 2 supporting riflemen. The remainder of the enemy,
finding themselves without automatic weapon support, fled panic stricken.
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
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)