On Wednesday, Retired Marine Sgt. Maj. John Canley of California –a Vietnam War veteran who saved 20 fellow Marines despite being wounded several times during an intense seven-day battle in 1968 — was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Trump.
In an East Room ceremony at the White House attended by many former members of his Alpha Company, Mr. Canley, 80, was decorated by the president for his heroic actions during the Battle of Hue during the communists’ Tet Offensive. Mr. Trump told Mr. Canley that “America is the greatest force for peace, justice and freedom the world has ever known because of you and people like you.” Mr. Canley is a native of Arkansas who enlisted in the military using false papers at age 15, and served in Vietnam for more than five years. During the Tet Offensive, his company of the First Battalion, First Marines Regiment was ordered to take back Hue from communist forces.