first published on September 26, 2018 by Will
A retired Marine will be awarded the Medal Of Honor for his heroic actions during a major battle in the Vietnam War, 50 years ago.
Marine Sgt. Maj. John Canley (ret.) will receive the nation’s highest award for valor at the White House on Oct. 17, 2018. According to the narrative and the testimonies of fellow Marines, Gunny Sergeant Canley repeatedly went above and beyond the call in the city of Hue during the bloody 1968 Tet Offensive.
“We’d all be dead if it wasn’t for the gunny,” said former Marine Pfc. John Ligato in a Marine Corps Times article. Apparently Canley left cover multiple times to rescue wounded comrades and single-handedly killed multiple enemy troops, all while being wounded.
Canley was initially awarded the Navy Cross, but those there in the fighting knew he deserved much greater recognition for his deeds. The following video provides emotional testimony from Canaley’s brethren.