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PHILIP K. BIDDLE
Although born in Parke County Indiana in the Portland Mills area on the 23rd of July, 1923, Philip K. Biddle spent a major part of his life in the Waynetown area, Montgomery County. He was the son of Clarence Glenn and Frances (Fanny) Manning Biddle.
A graduate of Waynetown High School, he spent many years as an apprentice in the CMP (Crawfordsville Multi Press) Department at R.R. Donnelley and sons. He rose to the CMP Platemaking Supervisor. "He was a mellow man," quote from Michael Bowman who also told this story. At one point, he went into the warehouse where supplies were housed, climbed up on some racks, lost his grip and fell. His leg never healed properly. The first picture below is probably before Philip went to the Army on what is known as the foot bridge at Waynetown.
A WWII Army service man, he advanced from the usual Pvt to become a Tech Sgt (see colored pic above) in the 1413th Engineer Mobile Searchlight Maintenance Unit. In 1943, (2nd row down from top, 3rd person from left in picture) he graduated from the Radio Television Institute in New York City, Company M, of the Engineer Signal School.
Also in 1943, he returned home for leave. Much of the time was spent with his wife to be, Margaret (Margie) Jane Lewellen. Here are a couple of pics of them while he was home. Thanks so much to their daughter, Laura for these awesome pictures.
These were taken the 7th of February in 1943. The ones with the chickens were at his mother's home..
In 1944, he furthered his knowledge for the Army, graduating in Demolition.
Sometime his gal, Margie (left) and her cousin Frances Simms Bratton figured they best send "the boys" a treat. I'm 99.9% sure they loved it. I sure do!
Below is a picture of him (on right) and one of his Army buddies, assumedly in front of one of the barracks. This may have been in Boston. He was also in Saipan, New York (above), Camp Ellis, Illinois and Fort Belvoir, Virginia near Mount Vernon. The picture below #2349 is likely from there. Here is what Ft. Belvoir looked like in WWII times. (Source: Ft. Belvoir homepage)
Active in the Waynetown Methodist Church, he also belonged to the Elks, American Legion and was a 50-year member of the Hillsboro Masonic Lodge. He married his sweetie 1 July 1949. Phil and Margie were just shy of their 55th wedding anniversary before he passed away the 24th of March 2005 and she in September of the same year. Their son, Andy is so much fun and their daughter, Laura Kaye says, "I loved my daddy. I miss 'em both!" They also have a brother, Bryan and half-brother, Mark. A perfect ending to this tribute would be this quote : "Your dad didn't say much, but when he did, it was either important or funny," by David Chastain ... classmate of Bryan's, friend of Laura's.
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