L/CPL Robert J. Slattery, Marine Corps League Det #206, NEWSLETTER, Nov 2018 - #7
MOH CEREMONY FOR SGT MAJOR CANLEY

WHAT A GREAT DAY!

IT WAS A GREAT HONOR GOING TO THE WHITE HOUSE FOR THE MOH CEREMONY FOR SGT MAJOR CANLEY

"It’s not about me. It’s about the Marines who didn’t receive the appropriate recognition when we got home.”

-Sergeant Major John L. Canley, USMC, Ret. MOH Recipient, 17OCT18.

On 31JAN68, Canley was suddenly called upon for a job that he never expected to have. With his company commander severely wounded as his unit made its way toward the besieged city of Hue in northern South Vietnam, then Gunnery Sgt. Canley took control of Alpha Company, a job typically reserved for a commissioned officer.

For the next six days, Canley led the unit as it charged into the city to pry it from North Vietnamese & Viet Cong forces who had captured it during the unanticipated Tet Offensive. In the midst of one of the most ferocious fights of the Vietnam War, Canley organized assaults on enemy positions, engaging countless enemy fighters as his team retook buildings in Hue City. Twice, the noncommissioned officer braved fire to scale a wall in “full view of the enemy to pick up wounded Marines and carry them to safety.”

President Trump remarked Canley had personally saved the lives of over 20 Marines during the “house-to-house, very vicious, very hard combat.” “In one instance after another, John risked his own life to save his Marines,” the president said. “He just continued to face the enemy with no regard for his own life.”











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