Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army Company G, 167th Infantry,
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.
Citation: 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.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)