Maurice Joseph Manuel
|Maurice Joseph Manuel|
April 29, 1917|
|Died||November 10, 1942
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1941–1942|
|Rank||Private First Class|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Silver Star (posthumous)|
Marine Corps career
Manuel enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at New Orleans, Louisiana, December 16, 1941. During the early months of World War II he served at San Diego, California, where he was promoted to private first class April 4, 1942.
Participated in Guadalcanal invasion
He participated in the invasion of the Solomon Islands in August and for more than 3 months took part in the heroic defense of American positions on Guadalcanal. While fighting between the Matanikau River and Poha River, he voluntarily left a protected position to rescue wounded comrades. Despite intense enemy machine gun fire, he crossed a grassy knoll and carried one seriously injured companion to safety. While making a second rescue attempt, he was struck by enemy gunfire and died November 10, 1942.
Awarded the Silver Star
For his conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity under hostile fire Private First Class Manuel was awarded the Silver Star posthumously.
USS Maurice J. Manuel (DE-351) was named in his honor. She was laid down by Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Texas, December 22, 1943; launched February 19, 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Leona Manuel; and commissioned at Orange June 30, 1944, Lt. Comdr. William M. Lowry in command.