BALTIMORE (AP) — World War II hero Paul J. Wiedorfer, a Marylander who won the Medal of Honor at the Battle of the Bulge, has died at 90.

The Baltimore Sun reported in online editions Thursday that Wiedorfer, a longtime Parkville resident, died a day earlier at the Loch Raven Community Living and Rehabilitation Center.

The Sun, which interviewed Wiedorfer in 2008, noted he won the nation’s highest military honor after charging across a
snow-crusted Belgian field under enemy fire to take out two German machine gun nests and capture 24 prisoners on Christmas Day 1944.

“Something had to be done, and someone had to do it. And I just did it,” Wiedorfer recalled in the 2008 interview.

The battle was one of the bloodiest fought toward the end of the war in Europe.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (12)
  1. Calvin Dawson says:

    The Medal of Honor is not a prize to be won, but this nations highest honor, awarded to great men of courage. He is a recipient, not a winner. That would be Charlie Sheen.

  2. grateful says:

    Well done good and faithful servant – you have served above and beyond the call of duty and now it is time for you to take your rest.

    Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

  3. drew says:

    We as a nation have lost a real hero, God bless him and his family.

  4. CRAIG PUTNAM says:

    Who was it who said about D-Day, “Uncommon valor was a common virture..” ? That certainly describes Mr. Wiedorfer at the Battle of the Bulge.

  5. American says:

    Thank you and all your kind for what you did not because you had to but because you thought it was the right thing to do!!!
    Thank you for giving yourself to The United States Of America!!!!!

  6. Nobody says:

    I miss my old job, I would always go to VFW’s and I just loved listening to these old vets talk about the battles they were in. Mainly the WWII vets. They just want someone to listen. They have some great stories. To bad I never had the chance to listen to these stories. RIP you are a true Aemerican hero

  7. williejoe says:

    RIP Hero.

  8. Rachel Perkins says:

    It was an honor and a privledge to have know you. You will be GREATLY missed. RIP

  9. Stephen Hernandez says:

    GOD BLESS YOU !!!!!!

  10. Ellen Connolly Clampitt says:

    He and all of the other veterans are the reason why we are a free nation. Let’s not let anyone take that for granted or take away our freedom. Thank you, sir, for your service!

  11. Ted says:

    This is why his generation is known as the “greatest generation.” May God grant him eternal peace.

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