WASHINGTON – President Trump awarded the medal of Honor on Wednesday to a Marine who was killed in the fire of the Vietnam War fighting that went on for a week.
Sgt. Maj. John L. Canley was a 30-year-old gunnery sergeant when he took command of his company after his commanding officer was severely wounded on his way into Hue City at the beginning of the Tet Offensive. On Wednesday, Sergeant Major Canley, who was retired from the Marines in 1981 and is now 80, was standing on stage with Mr. Trump in the ornate East Room of the White House to receive the highest commendation to members of the American military. [1
Major Canley, who was born in Caledonia, Ark., And stole his brother's paperwork to enlist in the Marines at age 15.
Advancing on Hue in January 1968, sergeant major canley first saved the life of a soldier who had been struck by a rocket and what about a tank, braving gunfire to retrieve him and carry him to safety. Sergeant Major Canley stepped in, Hue to relieve American forces that were surrounded.
"In the days that followed, John led his company through the fog and rain, and in house-to-house, very vicious, very hard combat, "Mr. Trump said.
"In one harrowing engagement after another, John risked his own life to save the lives of those under his command," he assaulted enemy strongholds, killed enemy fighters, and with deadly accuracy. Mr. Trump added.
Sergeant Major Canley has been recaptured in one of the Daring Maneuvers.
Sergeant Major Canley has been expelled from the North Vietnamese, charging into machine-gun fire with rocket launchers, with another Marine, Sgt. Alfredo Gonzalez, who was killed.
"The enemy did not know what the hell happened," Mr. Trump said.
An announcement by Sergeant Major Canley's medal citation on the website of the United States Marine Corps noted that Marines and carry them to safety. "
Sergeant Major Canley, who served as a Marine for 28 years, has been recognized for his heroism before with the Navy Cross as well as two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart, according to Representative Julia Brownley, Democrat of California, who represents the district where he lives now. He was guest at Mr. Trump's State of the Union Address in January.
Ms. Brownley said one of Sergeant Major Canley's fellow service members contacted her in 2014 for what it fitting.
But Mr. Jim Mattis, the secretary of defense. Ms. Brownley sponsored the bill and the legislation was signed in January.
On Wednesday, before pinning the medal on its Sergeant Major Canley's neck, who was marveled at the hero's physical fitness. "You do not look 80 years old," Mr. Trump said.
"I asked him that question; I said, 'How are you keeping in shape?' "Mr. Trump added. Sergeant Major Canley, he said, responded, "I'm still working out, sir."