Monday, December 24, 2012

Medal of Honor Monday: Joe E. Mann

"He distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty.  On 18 September 1944, in the vicinity of Best, Holland, his platoon, attempting to seize the bridge across the Wilhelmina Canal, was surrounded and isolated by an enemy force greatly superior in personnel and firepower.  Acting as lead scout, Pfc. Mann boldly crept to within rocket-launcher range of an enemy artillery position and, in the face of heavy enemy fire, destroyed an 88mm gun and an ammunition dump.  Completely disregarding the great danger involved, he remained in his exposed position, and, with his M-1 rifle, killed the enemy one by one until he was wounded 4 times.  Taken to a covered position, he insisted on returning to a forward position to stand guard during the night.  On the following morning the enemy launched a concerted attack and advanced to within a few yards of the position, throwing hand grenades as they approached.  One of these landed within a few feet of Pfc. Joe E. Mann.  Unable to raise his arms, which were bandaged to his body, he yelled "grenade" and threw his body over the grenade, and as it exploded, died.  His outstanding gallantry above and beyond the call of duty and his magnificent conduct were an everlasting inspiration to his comrades for whom he gave his life." 

From PFC Mann's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on August 30, 1945.
May you be at peace, 
Brian & Mel

Joe Mann memorial in Best, Netherlands.
Joe Mann Theatre at the Sonseweg in Best, Netherlands.
PFC Joe E. Mann Army Reserve Center in Spokane, Washington.

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