|Birth: ||Nov. 13, 1923|
|Death: ||Jun. 18, 1944, Italy|
Member of 17th Airborne Division, 3rd Battalion, I Company, 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team.
The 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team accumulated over 150 combat days during five campaigns on battlefields in Italy, France, Belgium and Germany.
The battalion casualty rate was 81.9 percent. The Team suffered 1,576 casualties and had 247 men killed in action.
PFC Melvin E. Biddle Company B, 1st Battalion, 517th PIR was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroic actions during the Soy-Hotton engagement.
On February 15, 1945, elements of the RCT were assigned to the 13th Airborne Division. The 13th was deactivated in February of 1946.
In addition to the one Medal of Honor, troopers of the 517th PRCT earned 131 Silver Stars, 631 Bronze Stars, 1,576 Purple Hearts, 6 Distinguished Service Crosses, 5 Legion of Merits, 4 Soldier Medals, 2 Air Medals and 17 French Croix de Guerres.
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Record added: Dec 22, 2013
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