Cpl SIDNEY E. MANNING
G Co, 167th Infantry, 42d Division
Alabama Army National Guard
Near Breuvannes, France
28 July 1918
Cpl Manning was with Company G. 167th Infantry Alabama National Guard when they assaulted a fortified, elevated position.
When the platoon commander and platoon sergeant were both killed, Manning took command of his platoon.
Although severely wounded he rallied and led the 35 remaining soldiers counter-attack that succeeded in gaining a foothold on the enemy’s position.
Down to 7 men including himself and with most of them wounded, Manning consolidated his positions and held off a large body of the enemy with automatic rifle fire.
He declined to take cover until his line had been entirely consolidated with the line of the platoon on the front when
Manning took the objective with only seven of his men still alive and, despite his own wounds, provided cover for the rest of the platoon with an automatic rifle until his company was fully deployed on the hill.
He dragged himself to the aid station, Manning had 9 separate wounds spanning all parts of the body.
He survived the war and made his final PCS on Dec 15th 1960.