Retired Marine to receive Medal of Honor for Vietnam actions

4 years 11 months 1 week ago Wednesday, October 17 2018 Oct 17, 2018 October 17, 2018 2:47 PM October 17, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: U.S. Marines

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is bestowing the nation's highest military honor on a retired Marine sergeant major for valorous action in Vietnam 50 years ago.

John Canley's heroism includes twice scaling a hospital wall in view of the enemy to help wounded Marines and carry them to safety.

According to the White House, Canley fought off multiple enemy attacks over several days in early 1968 while his company moved toward Hue as part of a counter-offensive to retake the city from the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces.

Canley took over after his commanding officer was severely wounded, killing countless enemy fighters as his team retook Hue, in what was then South Vietnam.

Trump is presenting the Medal of Honor to the now 80-year-old Canley at the White House on Wednesday.

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