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Retired Marine sergeant to receive nation's highest honor for valor 50 years after fighting Vietnam battle

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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.

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.

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