Retired Marine receives Medal of Honor for Vietnam actions

Retired Marine receives Medal of Honor for Vietnam actions


NEW TONIGHT – THE PRESIDENT AWARDS THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR TO AN ARKANSAS NATIVE FOR HIS HEROISM DURING THE VIETNAM WAR. NEWS 8’S DREW PETRIMOULX REPORTS BOTH THE PRESIDENT AND FELLOW SOLDIERS SPOKE ABOUT THE BRAVERY OF SERGEANT MAJOR JOHN L. CANLEY. RETIRED SERGEANT MAJOR JOHN CANLEY BETRAYED NO EMOTION… AS HE STOOD AT ATTENTION AND BECAME THE 300TH MARINE TO RECEIVE THE NATION’S HIGHEST AWARD FOR VALOR. BUT THOSE FOUGHT WITH HIM SAY IT WASN’T EMOTION THAT MADE IT BELOVED — IT WAS LEADERSHIP.“JOHNS FELLOW MARINES HAVE DESCRIBED HIM AS A MARINE WARRIOR, AND I CAN SEE IT, WHO IS BIGGER THAN LIFE AND BEYOND THE REACH OF DEATH.” IN EARLY 1968 — IN THE BATTLE OF HUE (H-WAY) DURING THE VIETNAM WAR…CANLEY REPEATEDLY RISKED HIS LIFE….TO SAVE FELLOW SOLDIERS AFTER THEY WERE SURROUNDED.“JOHN WAGES SEVEN STRAIGHT DAYS OF UNRELENTING COMBAT.” WHEN HIS COMMANDING OFFICER WAS SEVERELY WOUNDED — CANLEY TOOK OVER — EXPOSING HIMSELF TO FIRE WHILE LEADING ATTACKS ON ENEMY POSITIONS.“IT’S NOT JUST THE PRESIDENT WHO SPEAKS ABOUT CANLEY’S BRAVERY IN BATTLE. IT ALSO COMES FROM THE THE MEN WHO FOUGHT ALONG SIDE HIM.“HIS REPUTATION WAS THAT HE NEVER DUCKED, HE NEVER CRAWLED.” IN A VIDEO PRODUCED BY THE MILITARY — COMRADES TALKED ABOUT CANLEY AS A MAN WITHOUT FEAR.“DURING FIREFIGHTS WHEN WE WOULD BE ALL DOWN HUGGING MOTHER EARTH, HE BE STANDING UP DIRECTING US.” THEY SAY THAT BRAVERY SAVED THE LIVES OF COUNTLESS MEN.

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