Sidney E. Manning
|Sidney E. Manning|
From 1919's Alabama's Own in France
July 17, 1892|
Butler County, Alabama
|Died||December 15, 1960(aged 68)|
|Place of burial||Little Escambia Cemetery Flomaton, Alabama|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Unit||Company G, 167th Infantry, 42d Division|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
|Awards||Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor Citation
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company G, 167th Infantry, 42d Division. Place and date: At Breuvannes, France; July 28, 1918. Entered service at: Flomaton, Alabama. Born: July 17, 1892; Butler County, Alabama. General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 44 (April 2, 1919).
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, Corporal 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.
Manning's military decorations and awards include:
|1st row||Medal of Honor|
|2nd row||Purple Heart||World War I Victory Medal w/one silver service star to denote credit for the Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne and Defensive Sector battle clasps.||Médaille militaire (French Republic)|
|3rd row||Croix de guerre 1914–1918 w/bronze palm (French Republic)||Croce al Merito di Guerra (Italy)||Medal for Military Bravery (Kingdom of Montenegro)|
- "MANNING, SIDNEY E". Army of Medal of Honor website. 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2009-08-22.
- Certificates And Citations Awarded To Sidney E. Manning For His Service During World War I. Alabama Department of History and Archives, Montgomery, Alabama. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
- "Honoring World War I's Finest: The Rainbow Division" (article includes picture of Manning's military decorations). Montgomery Adviser Newspaper=August 6, 2017. Montgomery Adviser Newspaper, Montgomery, Alabama. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
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