Trump Awards Marine Vet Who Raced into Heavy Machine Fire Highest Medal of Honor for ‘Unmatched Bravery’

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President Donald Trump presented a Marine vet with the highest medal of honor for his “unmatched bravery” during the Vietnam War.

John Canley, an 80-year-old retired U.S. Marine sergeant major, fought during the Battle of Hue — “one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.”

“I like brave people. You meet them right here,” Trump said. “Fifty years ago, an American Marine fought with unmatched bravery in one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War, the battle of Hue city.”

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During the wartime, he scaled a hospital wall in view of the enemy twice to help carry wounded Marines to safety.

Canley fought off multiple enemy attacks over several days in January and February of 1968 while about 150 of his men carried out a counter-attack.

“He assaulted enemy strongholds, killed enemy fighters and with deadly accuracy did everything you had to do,” Trump said. “He raced into heavy machine gun fire on many occasions — all to save his fellow Marines. In one harrowing engagement after another, John risked his own life to save the lives of those under his command.”

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As they tried to take back Hue, there were at least 6,000 communist fighters.

His commanding officer was severely wounded, so Canley took over.

They were later confronted by machine gun fire.

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During the “unrelenting combat,” Canley rescued more than 20 Marines during their seven days.

U.S. first lady Melania Trump praised Canley for his service tweeting, “Thank you Sergeant Major John Canley for your service to our nation.”

Canley was the 300th U.S. Marine presented with the Medal of Honor.

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Congratulations to a true American hero.

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Jack Cook

Dear Madison Summers: Although I know you mean well, the medal does not need any superlatives or adjectives such as “highest” or the erroneous “Congressional” lead-in. It is simply the Medal of Honor. That is its name, and that says it all.

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God Bless America and God Bless Sergeant Major John Conley for keeping America Safe

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Linda Tarhan

God Bless America and God Bless you for keeping America Safe

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Canley!

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Otisamsonite

Sergeant Major John Conley is a true American hero.
God Bless America and God bless our troops.

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