Maurice Joseph Manuel

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Maurice Joseph Manuel
Born (1917-04-29)April 29, 1917
Mamou, Louisiana
Died November 10, 1942(1942-11-10) (aged 25)
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)

Maurice Joseph Manuel, born April 29, 1917 at Mamou, Louisiana was a United States Marine and Silver Star recipient.

Marine Corps career[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.