John Edward ManningFirst Lieutenant
H&S CO, 1ST MP BN, 1ST FORCE SVC RGT, FLC, 1ST FORCE SVC RGT
United States Marine Corps
06 April 1939 - 30 January 1968
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The database page for John Edward Manning
1st Lt Manning, I was in 1st MP Bn when you were there. Our paths may have crossed many times, but as U. S. Marines we did know each other. Being in different areas in 1st M. P. Bn I can only say from my heart that we were as one, take care my friend.
L/Cpl Sekou Shepard
John, you would be so proud to know that I have found some very special Marines that are helping me to keep your memory alive and to honor you with words from their hearts. Thank you, my special friends, for all that you are doing. I can tell you from experience that Marines do take care of their own. I know that you are looking down on us with that beautiful smile. I love you, my big brother, and I miss you every day.
Karen Manning Armstrong
REMEMBEREDby a comrade at time of death,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 1st Military Police Battalion Command Chronology for January 1968 identifies 1stLt Manning as the Battalion's S-4 (Logistics) Officer.
The TET offensive at Danang began with a rocket attack on the air base itself as well as attacks on outlying military positions. The 1st MP Bn was responsible for ground defense of the Danang and Marble Mountain air bases as well as establishing two quick reaction platoons made up of headquarters personnel. "1968: The Definitive Year" contains the following regarding an early morning attack at Hoa Vang Village, where the I Corps headquarters compound was located, just south of Danang:
"[The Commanding Officer of 1st MP Bn] agreed that they would deploy one of the battalion's two reserve provisional Quick Reaction platoons composed of headquarters personnel. This platoon under First Lieutenant John E. Manning departed the airbase about 0415 and arrived in the blocking positions about 0515. ...
The Command Chronology contains the following entry for 30 January 1968:
"f. H&S Co. reaction platoons assisted by elements from Maintenance Bn while moving into blocking positions south of I Corps Headquarters made heavy contact with VC/NVA Units and the resulting fire fight lasted approximately 2-1/2 hours. 1st MP Bn casualties 2 KIA and 6 WlA, enemy casualties not officially known as bodies were taken to I Corps Headquarters by RVN Units operating in the same area; tentative results 30 VC/NVA KIA's, 24 VC/NVA POW's and several weapons and items of equipment seized."
The two Marines from H&S Company, 1st Mp Bn, were 1stLt Manning and Pfc Colben B. Stokes of Laurel, MS (Silver Star).
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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