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CPD honors officer and World War II hero killed in battle

Earle H. Biddle Jr., a Cincinnati police motorcycle officer in the 1930s and early 1940s, is a decorated World War II hero killed in action 70 years ago. (Courtesy Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society Museum) Earle H. Biddle Jr., a Cincinnati police motorcycle officer in the 1930s and early 1940s, is a decorated World War II hero killed in action 70 years ago. (Courtesy Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society Museum)
Patrolman Earle H. Biddle Jr. was one of more than Cincinnati police officers pressed into duty during World War II. (Provided by Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society Museum) Patrolman Earle H. Biddle Jr. was one of more than Cincinnati police officers pressed into duty during World War II. (Provided by Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society Museum)
Earle H. Biddle Jr. was posthumously awarded a Silver Star for dying during battle in World War II. (Provided by Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society Museum) Earle H. Biddle Jr. was posthumously awarded a Silver Star for dying during battle in World War II. (Provided by Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society Museum)
This was Earle H. Biddle Jr's grave site in Okinawa before his body was removed to the U.S. and reburied. (Courtesy Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society Museum) This was Earle H. Biddle Jr's grave site in Okinawa before his body was removed to the U.S. and reburied. (Courtesy Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society Museum)

Cincinnati police are honoring one of their own, a World War II hero killed in the line of duty, by retiring his badge number.

Chief Jeffrey Blackwell will present Earle H. Biddle Jr.'s badge number 146 to Biddle's daughter, Joan Ries of Wilmington, in a 4:30 p.m. ceremony Thursday at the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society Museum Downtown. 

Museum operators worked tirelessly for more than a year to hold the event.

"He served his community and his country and he died for his county and it's only fitting his community and his country recognize him for that, said the museum's director, retired Cincinnati Police Lt. Stephen Kramer.

The decorated war hero died in action 70 years ago on May 14, 1945.  He one of more than 160 Cincinnati police officers to be pressed duty during the war. 

Biddle joined the police department in 1939 and, by 1942, was assigned to a motorcycle in the Highway Safety Bureau. 

The United States Naval Reservist was called to active duty in December 1942 and served as a pharmacist's mate attached to a United States Marine platoon on Okinawa on May 14, 1945.

The platoon was engaged in an especially bitter firefight when two Marines were severely wounded from enemy machine gun fire. 

Despite the warnings of his comrades, Biddle left his covered position and ran forward into the line of hostile fire to administer first aid to the wounded men. 

After bandaging the first man's wounds and dragging him to safety, he went forward into the face of the machine gun and sniper fire to treat the second wounded man. 

That's when he was shot and killed. He was posthumously awarded a Silver Star, the military's third highest decoration for valor.

On April 24, 2010, Cincinnati City Council revised Cincinnati Municipal Code §306-40 to retire the badges and badge numbers of officers killed in action during military duty.

Of all the men and women who have gone to war from the police department in this and past centuries, only two did not come back: Biddle and Police Officer Anthony Campbell.

See their full stories at: www.gcph.com/LODD/Biddle.html and www.gcphs.com/LODD/Campbell.html 

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