The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*MANN, JOE E.
Rank and Organization: Private First Class, U.S.
Army, Company H, 502d Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. Place and Date
Best, Holland, 18 September 1944. Entered Service at: Seattle, Wash. Birth:
Rearden, Wash. G.O. No.: 73, 30 August 1945.
Citation: 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.
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.