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: Near Breuvannes, France, 28 July 1918. Entering service at: Flomaton, Ala. Born: 17 July 1892, Butler County, Ala. G.O. No.: 44, W.D., 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, 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 7 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 9 wounds in all parts of the body.
- "MANNING, SIDNEY E.". Army of Medal of Honor website. 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2009-08-22.
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