Trump To Present Medal of Honor To Vietnam Vet

Courtesy Sgt. Major John Canley

Courtesy Sgt. Major John Canley

President Trump presented the Medal of Honor Wednesday to Sgt. But, for the Vietnam War hero, it has always been about his Marines. With respect to this recognition and receiving the Medal of Honor, he will never talk about his role in it, but he only speaks of his fellow service members - the Marines who served with him. Among his notable actions during the war, the White House said that Canley, as a gunnery sergeant, "fought off multiple enemy attacks" in the Battle of Hue during the Vietnam War. Canley's company started heading down the highway toward the South Vietnam town of Hue City, where they were ordered to relieve some friendly forces who had been surrounded. "There are very few people - brave, brave people - like you, John".

"He assaulted enemy strongholds, killed enemy fighters and, with deadly accuracy, did everything he had to do". Several times, he carried wounded Marines to safety, despite being wounded himself.

In the battle for the St. Joan of Arc School and Church, Canley and charged into heavy enemy machine gun fire, using rocket launchers to drive the communist forces from their stronghold, the president said.

Trump, echoing the comments of Canley's fellow troops, said Canley had showed throughout his entire life that he was a Marine's Marine.

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Gonzalez, who was killed, would be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. But in this case, Canley's fellow Marines pushed hard for an exception to be made, arguing that Canley deserved the medal for his exceptional acts of valor. "He is truly larger than life", Trump said before turning to Canley. "But John wasn't done yet". Despite sustaining serious injuries - very, very serious injuries - he continued to face down the enemy with no thought for his own safety.

Canley has also been awarded a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. But Canley's Marines didn't think that was enough.

The Medal of Honor "means a lot to me", Canley said in an interview earlier this year with USA Today.

Last week, however, the president suggested that Rep. Devin Nunes, a controversial conservative in Congress who heads the House Intelligence Committee, should get the Medal of Honor for defending him in the Russian Federation probe. Ligato attended Wednesday's Medal of Honor ceremony and said all he could do was sit back and smile.

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