SgtMaj John L. Canley

Photo by Sgt. Erik Estrada, Office of Marine Corps Communication

Sergeant Major John L. Canley to be Awarded the Medal of Honor

Added September 27, 2018

Sergeant Major John L. Canley, United States Marine Corps (Retired), will be awarded the Medal of Honor on October 17, 2018 for conspicuous gallantry.

Sergeant Major John L. Canley will be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions from January 31 to February 6, 1968. At the the time Sergeant Major Canley was assigned to 1st Battalion 1st Marines, Alpha Company in Vietnam.

While serving as Company Gunnery Sergeant, he and his company fought off multiple attacks while moving alongside a highway toward Hue City to relieve friendly forces. Despite enduring his own wounds, he ran across enemy fire to carry wounded Marines to safety. On February 6, he scaled a wall at a hospital compound twice to carry wounded Marines to safety.

You can learn more about Sergeant Major John L. Canley and his heroics by clicking here.


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