President signs bill paving way for Vietnam gunny Medal of Honor

President Trump has signed into law a bill that paves the way for Marine Gunny John Canley to receive the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions at the battle of Hue City during the Vietnam War.

Then-Gunny John Canley originally was awarded the Navy Cross while serving as a company commander for the 1st Marine Regiment at the outset of the infamous Tet Offensive in 1968.

Gunny John Canely 1968

Canley’s “commanding officer was gravely wounded, so then-Gunnery Sergeant Canley took immediate command of his company, directing several counter attacks over many days, advancing the war strategically, and saving many American lives,” reads a press release from California Congresswoman Julia Brownley.

In 2014, John Ligato, a private first class who served under the gunny, had approached Brownley to recommend Canley’s award be upgraded to the Medal of Honor.

After years of review by the Defense Department and the Corps, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis sent a letter to the congresswoman: “After giving the nomination careful consideration, I agree that then-Gunnery Sergeant Canley’s actions merit award of the Medal of Honor.”

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