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World War I - U.S. Army

Sidney E. Manning

Details
  • Rank: Corporal
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company G, 167th Infantry,
    42d Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: July 28, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Breuvannes, France
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 seven 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 nine wounds in all parts of the body.
Medal of Honor Recipient Sidney E. Manning
Medal of Honor Recipient Sidney E. Manning
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Flomaton, Escambia County, Alabama
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: March 17, 1919
    By General Pershing near Remagenon, France
  • Born: July 17, 1892, Butler County, AL, United States
  • Died: December 15, 1960, Flomation, AL, United States
  • Buried: Little Escombia Baptist Church Cemetery (MH), Flomation, AL, United States
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