30 Jan '18, 11pm

The Marine gunny who kept his men alive at Hue City

The Marine gunny who kept his men alive at Hue City

“We’d all be dead if it wasn’t for the gunny,” said a former Marine private first class who served under Medal of Honor nominee retired Sgt. Maj. John Canley. Canley’s actions during the battle of Hue City, Vietnam , in 1968 have him one step away from receiving the nation’s highest award for combat valor, the Medal of Honor. The former private first class, John Ligato, and others who served under Canley, then a gunnery sergeant during the infamous battle, have led a nearly 13-year effort to upgrade Canley’s Navy Cross to the Medal of Honor. A formal recommendation for that upgrade is now on President Donald Trump’s desk. Facing nearly impossible odds, then-Gunny Canely’s undersized company with the 1st Marine Division headed into Hue City at the outset of the Tet Offensive. “I don’t know if you know the actual odds going in,” Ligato told Marine Corps Times Tuesday. “The i...

Full article: https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/military-honor/2018/01/3...

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