Manning was born in Illinois on 30 November 1924 to William G. and Florence Haney. He also had a sister (Louise) and two brothers (Francis and Donald).
Military service and deathEdit
On the night of October 8/9, 1944 he was killed at a machine gun position along with Private First Class Clarence L. Shrout by a German mortar round. In 1945, he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for heroic actions that he performed a day before his death. His body was returned to the U.S. and was buried in the Bell Cemetery in Iuka, Illinois.
Awards & decorationsEdit
- Parachutist Badge with two jump stars
- Combat Infantryman Badge
- Distinguished Service Cross in 1945 (posthumously) as Corporal in Company F, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
- Purple Heart
- American Campaign Medal
- European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with bronze arrowhead and Campaign star
- World War II Victory Medal
- French Croix de Guerre
- Presidential Unit Citation
Corporal Manning G. Haney (ASN: 19123417), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company F, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 7 October 1944. Corporal Haney's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.