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World War II - U.S. Army

Joe Eugene Mann

Details
  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company H, 502d Parachute Infantry,
    101st Airborne Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 18, 1944
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Best, Holland
Citation
He distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty. On 18 September 1944, in the vicinity of Best, Holland, his platoon, attempting to seize the bridge across the Wilhelmina Canal, was surrounded and isolated by an enemy force greatly superior in personnel and firepower. Acting as lead scout, Pfc. Mann boldly crept to within rocket-launcher range of an enemy artillery position and, in the face of heavy enemy fire, destroyed an 88-mm gun and an ammunition dump. Completely disregarding the great danger involved, he remained in his exposed position, and, with his M1 rifle, killed the enemy one by one until he was wounded four times. Taken to a covered position, he insisted on returning to a forward position to stand guard during the night. On the following morning the enemy launched a concerted attack and advanced to within a few yards of the position, throwing hand grenades as they approached. One of these landed within a few feet of Pfc. Mann. Unable to raise his arms, which were bandaged to his body, he yelled "Grenade" and threw his body over the grenade, and as it exploded, died. His outstanding gallantry above and beyond the call of duty and his magnificent conduct were an everlasting inspiration to his comrades for whom he gave his life.
Medal of Honor Recipient Joe E. Mann
Medal of Honor Recipient Joe E. Mann
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Seattle, King County, Washington
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: 1945
    Baxter Veterans Hospital, Spokane, WA, preseented by the hospital commanding officer to his Father
  • Born: July 12, 1922, Reardan, Lincoln County, WA, United States
  • Died: September 18, 1944, Best, Holland
  • Buried: Greenwood Cemetery (MH) (110-90-9), Spokane, WA, United States
 

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