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CMOHS.org - Corporal MANNING, SIDNEY E., U.S. Army

Recipient Detail

 

MANNING, SIDNEY E.

Rank: Corporal
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company G
Division: 167th Infantry, 42d Division
Born: 17 July 1892, Butler County, Ala.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Flomaton, Ala.
G.O. Number: 44
Date of Issue: 12/31/1919
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Breuvannes, France, 28 July 1918
 
 


MANNING, SIDNEY E. Photo
 
Citation

When his platoon commander and platoon sergeant had both become casualties soon after the beginning of an assault on strongly fortified heights overlooking the Ourcq River, Cpl. Manning took command of his platoon, which was near the center of the attacking line. Though himself severely wounded he led forward the 35 men remaining in the platoon and finally succeeded in gaining a foothold on the enemy's position, during which time he had received more wounds and all but 7 of his men had fallen. Directing the consolidation of the position, he held off a large body of the enemy only 50 yards away by fire from his automatic rifle. He declined to take cover until his line had been entirely consolidated with the line of the platoon on the front when he dragged himself to shelter, suffering from 9 wounds in all parts of the body.