UPDATED 7:43 AM PT — Wed. Sept. 26, 2018
The White House is set to award a Vietnam veteran the Medal of Honor for bravery displayed on the battlefield more than 50 years ago.
Retired Marine Sgt. Maj. John Canley will be presented the nation’s highest military honor next month by President Trump.
The 80-year-old is being recognized for carrying wounded Marines to safety during the Battle of Hue despite being injured himself and facing heavy enemy fire.
Canley is also credited with taking command of his company during one of the most chaotic battles of the war after there were no commissioned officers left to fight.
“Being a leader is about taking care of your people — if you do that, they will take your view and you don’t have to worry about your mission, stated Sgt. Maj. John Canley. “And it really doesn’t matter whether or not it’s military or civilian — if you’re in a leadership position, you should always remember that.”
President Trump signed legislation earlier this year waiving time limits on when the Medal of Honor can be awarded, which is allowing Canley to be honored years later.
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