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John Canley Wiki, Bio, Age, Family, Children, Sergeant Major, Vietnam War, Medal of Honor 

John Canley Wiki

John Canley Bio

John L. Canley was born on 1st February 1938. He is a retired United States Marine and recipient of the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for actions in January/February 1968 during the Battle of Huế. At the time of this action, Canley was a Gunnery sergeant with Company A 1st Battalion, 1st Marines. Canley was originally awarded the Navy Cross, but this was upgraded to the Medal of Honor which was presented on 17 October 2018.
John Canley Age He was born on 1st February  1938 (age 80) Little Rock, Arkansas
John Canley Children 3 children, Ricky, Yukari, and Patricia
John Canley Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps
Rank  Sergeant Major
Unit 1st Battalion, 1st Marines
Battles/wars Vietnam War

  • Con Thien
  • Battle of Huế
Awards Medal of Honor

John Canley Biography

On the morning of 31st January 1968 Company, A 1/1 Marines was stacked onto trucks and sent to reinforce U.S. and South Vietnamese forces under siege in Huế. As the convoy approached the southern suburbs of the city, they started to come under increased sniper fire. In one village, the troops dismounted and cleared the houses on either side of the main street before proceeding. The Marine convoy stopped several times to eliminate resistance in heavy house-to-house and street fighting before proceeding again. During this fighting the Company commander, Captain Gordon Batchellor was wounded, and Gunnery Sergeant Canley assumed command of the Company, and he and Sergeant Alfredo Cantu Gonzalez led the Marines in defense of the convoy, actions for which Gonzalez would later be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. At about 15:15 after bloody fighting the Marines managed to make their way toward the besieged Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) compound (16.466°N 107.592°E). Canley was awarded the Navy Cross.

John Canley Medal of Honor 

House Rep Julia Brownley sponsored a bill in Congress for Canley’s Navy Cross to be upgraded to the Medal of Honor. On 21 December 2017, the House of Representatives waived the 5-year time limit for the award of the Medal of Honor, and the Senate later took similar action. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (a former Marine General) recommended the upgrade to President Donald Trump who approved the award in July 2018. On Wednesday, 17 October 2018, President Trump awarded the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Major John L. Canley, United States Marine Corps (Retired), for conspicuous gallantry.

John Canley Family

John Canley has three children, Ricky, Yukari, and Patricia. He has two grandchildren, Victoria and Candice.   John Canley has a cousin, whom he always considers a brother, James Canle.


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1 thought on “John Canley Wiki, Bio, Age, Family, Children, Sergeant Major, Vietnam War, Medal of Honor ”

  1. Someone called this gutsy man, a black man. He looks as if he has some Indiana blood to me?
    Just curious. Boy, this is a serious looking fellow. Those poor Viet Cong, if and when they ever met up with him.
    My personal hero was Audie Murphy, another extremely courageous fellow, who fibbed about his age, too, and still had to see rejection more then once to get into the military.
    I wish Mr. Canley a long and healthy life.


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