World War II Medal of Honor winner Paul J. Wiedorfer dies

May 26, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Paul J. Wiedorfer, who was Maryland's last surviving World War II recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, died Wednesday of heart failure at Loch Raven Community Living and Rehabilitation Center.

The former Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. director of safety and training, who lived in Parkville, was 90.

Wiedorfer, who was decorated with the nation's highest military honor for bravery, had dashed some 150 yards across a field and singlehandedly knocked out two German machine gun nests during the Battle of the Bulge.

Plans for a Mass of Christian burial to be offered at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church were incomplete.

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