WASHINGTON (CIRCA) - President Donald Trump will present the Medal of Honor to retired Sgt. Maj. John L. Canley for his valor during a Vietnam War battle.
Although the Medal of Honor is typically awarded within five years, Wednesday's honor comes 50 years after Canley's heroic actions during the Vietnam Battle of Hue. According to ABC News, fellow Marines felt Canley deserved more for saving his comrades and campaigned for him to receive the honor.
Sgt. Maj. John Canley will become the 300th Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor.— U.S. Marines (@USMC) September 25, 2018
As a gunnery sergeant during the Vietnam War, Canley took command of 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, during the Battle of Hue City while saving lives and eliminating enemy threats over several days. pic.twitter.com/dKNrE0xLlr
The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest award for military personnel's acts of valor. Canley will become the 300th Marine to receive it.