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|Address||Oklahoma City, Ok|
|Company Unit||1st Platoon, C/1/1|
|Years In Country||1968|
|Date||Nov 6, 2018 4:23:40 AM|
CommentJust received word from Jim Pewton's daughter that Jim has died. (I believe today, Nov. 5th). He has been in bad health for some time but from what I gathered this was not expected. Speaking for myself, I'll never forget the friendship and advice that Jim extended to a new green corpsman. God Speed and Rest Jim
|Address||14727 Mountain Rd|
|Company Unit||Charlie 1/1|
|Years In Country||United States|
|Date||Oct 20, 2018 7:16:52 PM|
CommentI just heard that Jim McNerney has been diagnosed with stage 2 lung cancer and stage 2 lymph node cancer. Our prayers are with him to fight this battle.
|Address||24 W RR Ave, #115 / Tenafly, NJ|
|Company Unit||S-2/SSO & C.O. Bravo|
|Years In Country||'67-68|
|Date||Oct 18, 2018 7:51:39 PM|
Comment'Gunny' Canley (SgtMaj Ret) was decorated by POTUS on Wed 17 Oct 18 in a White House Ceremony w/the Medal of Honor. Covered by Fox New at URL https://www.foxnews.com/us/marine-veteran-80-receives-medal-of-honor-for-vietnam-bravery Dolla Gonzales was there along w/30+ Battle of Hué Vets. I have DOCX of print part of item. Video has to been seen at URL. POTUS referred to many by name and asked them to stand. He was impressed by SgtMaj Canley's health & 'presence'. The 'Gunny' was superbly praised & outstandingly received by the audience of active duty, retired, other Marines & well wishers. BLACKIE Once Captain. Always Marine LtCol NYNM (Ret) [Marines Component]
|Name||Paul W. Siverson|
|Company Unit||A Co, 1/1|
|Years In Country||1971|
|Date||Sep 27, 2018 3:17:03 PM|
CommentPRESS RELEASE https://www.marines.mil/News/Press-Releases/Press-Release-Display/Article/1644927/medal-of-honor-sgt-maj-john-canley/ Medal of Honor: Sgt. Maj. John Canley September 25, 2018 President Donald J. Trump to Award the Medal of Honor On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, President Donald J. Trump will award the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Major John L. Canley, United States Marine Corps (Retired), for conspicuous gallantry. Sergeant Major John L. Canley will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions from January 31 to February 6, 1968, while assigned to Company A, First Battalion, First Marines in the Republic of Vietnam. While serving as Company Gunnery Sergeant, he fought off multiple enemy attacks as his company moved along a highway toward Hue City to relieve friendly forces who were surrounded. On several occasions, despite his own wounds, he rushed across fire-swept terrain to carry wounded Marines to safety. When his commanding officer was severely wounded, he took command and led his company into Hue City. While in command of the company for three days, he led attacks against multiple enemy-fortified positions while exposing himself to enemy fire to carry wounded Marines to safety. On February 6, at a hospital compound, he twice scaled a wall in full view of the enemy to aid wounded Marines and carry them to safety. Then-Gunnery Sergeant Canley's heroic actions saved the lives of his teammates. PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Sergeant Major (Retired) John L. Canley was born in Caledonia, Arkansas. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in Little Rock, Arkansas. Sergeant Major Canley has three adult children, Ricky, Patricia, and Yukari. In 1970, he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Nation's second-highest medal of valor, for his actions during the Battle of Hue City in February 1968. Sergeant Major Canley retired from the United States Marine Corps October 23, 1981, and currently resides in Oxnard, California. Some of his interests include physical fitness, travel, reading, marksmanship, and spending time with his family. His personal awards include a Bronze Star with combat "V," Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat "V," and the Combat Action Ribbon. Additional awards and decorations include four Presidential Unit Citations, seven Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, two Marine Corps Expeditionary Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, nine Vietnam Service Medals, two Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Crosses, the Korean Defense Service Medal, three Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, the Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, the United Nations Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 1960 Device, the Rifle Expert Badge (11th Award), and the Pistol Expert Badge (16th Award). ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THE MEDAL OF HONOR: The Medal of Honor is awarded by the President, in the name of Congress, to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their own lives above and beyond the call of duty while: . engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; . engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or . serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. There must be no margin of doubt or possibility of error in awarding this honor. To justify this decoration, the deed performed must have been one of personal bravery and self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades, and must have involved risk of life. For imagery of SgtMaj Canley, visit: https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/SgtMajCanley -30-
|Name||Paul W. Siverson|
|Company Unit||A Co, 1stBn, 1stMar|
|Years In Country||1971|
|Date||Sep 27, 2018 3:14:54 PM|
CommentIt's Official: John Canley Will Be 300th Marine to Receive Medal of Honor Military.com 25 Sep 2018 By Oriana Pawlyk President Donald Trump next month will award the Medal of Honor to retired Sergeant Major John L. Canley, credited with saving hundreds of fellow Marines during the Battle of Hue, the White House said Tuesday. Trump will present the award to Canley, 80, for his actions during the Vietnam War in a ceremony on Oct. 17, the White House said in a statement. During the mission, the former gunnery sergeant, assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, was tasked with leading more than 140 men through an intense week-long battle to retake Hue City from Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, 1968. Military.com first reported in July that Canley, of Oxnard, California, was in line to receive the Medal of Honor, an upgrade from his Navy Cross, and that he had received a phone call of congratulation from Trump. The Marine Corps said Tuesday that Canley would be the 300th Marine to receive the nation's highest military medal. "When his company came under a heavy volume of enemy fire near the city of Hue [on Jan. 31], Gunnery Sergeant Canley rushed across the fire-swept terrain and carried several wounded Marines to safety," his Navy Cross citation states. With his company commander seriously wounded, Canley assumed command and led the Marines while taking on heavy enemy fire. For three days, "despite fierce enemy resistance, he succeeded in gaining a position immediately above the enemy strongpoint and dropped a large satchel charge into the position, personally accounting for numerous enemy killed," the citation states. Canley was only 19 years old at the time. "On two occasions he leaped a wall in full view of the enemy, picked up casualties, and carried them to covered positions," the citation reads. It was Canley's words of encouragement that kept the Marines pressing on, despite sustaining casualties and having multiple team members wounded. Canley himself sustained shrapnel and other wounds during the days-long siege, the citation said. The fight to see Canley's Navy Cross upgraded to the Medal of Honor has been a years-long effort. Former Pfc. John Ligato, one of the men who fought alongside Canley, has spent the last 15 years making calls, taking Marines' statements and writing letters to see his gunny get the recognition he deserved. "The Medal of Honor was rejected 10 times -- never on the merits of what he did, it was always procedural," Ligato told Military.com in July. "There were times I gave up. ... But the irony is he's one of the most deserved Medal of Honor recipients ever in the history of our country." "He told me that it was OK to let my Marines know that I would be receiving the Medal of Honor," Canley told Military.com at the time. "He thanked me for my service and also wanted to thank my Marines for their service." The story was first reported by the Ventura County Star. Ligato said Canley's actions far exceeded expectations. There were 147 Marines facing off against about 10,000 North Vietnamese troops. Canley not only led them from the front, but also with love, he said. "I know this sounds strange, but he wasn't one of these gruff, screaming guys. You did stuff for him because you didn't want to disappoint him," he said. "You followed him because he was a true leader -- something you need in life-and-death situations. "He was totally fearless," Ligato added. "He loved his Marines, and we loved him back." Canley said he was grateful for the opportunity to lead the men during an enduring time. "I'm just happy that I could provide that," Canley said. "It was an honor."
|Nickname||Short Round or Gunny|
|Years In Country||69-70|
|Date||Sep 27, 2018 3:39:44 AM|
CommentLooking for anyone that served in our unit. I’ve been able to find 2 of my buddies so far. Looking for Tree, Lonnie, Chicon.
|Name||Thomas W. Murphy|
|Company Unit||Delta 1/1|
|Years In Country||67 68|
|Date||Sep 25, 2018 10:43:03 PM|
CommentStill alive and kicking. Slowed by kidney ca, prostrate ca, heart disease, and peripheral neuropathy, but hanging in.
|Address||1600 Sapphire Drive|
|Company Unit||Alpha Company 1st BN 1st Marines 2nd Platoon|
|Years In Country||1968-1969|
|Date||Sep 6, 2018 5:49:40 PM|
CommentWould like to locate Michael Hall (DOC RABBIT) I was known as DOC BLADE. Also would like to locate anyone else that was there with me.
|Address||1600 Sapphire Drive Longs, SC 29568|
|Company Unit||Alpha Company 2nd Platoon|
|Years In Country||June 1968 to June 1969|
|Date||Aug 31, 2018 4:17:33 AM|
CommentI was a corpman with Alpha Company 2nd Platoon.
|Address||6827 Jayhawk, baldwinsville ny 13027|
|Years In Country||67-68|
|Date||Aug 22, 2018 2:46:59 PM|
CommentJust returned from DC and Khe Sahn Vets Reunion and marking 50th Anniversary of Battle of Khe Sahn. Trip to the museum plus visiting the wall topped off with a great dinnerand dance with the Commandant of the Marine Corps in attendance . He gave a great address to over 500 of us at dinner. For those 1/1 Vets who fought in the Khe Sahn area I encourage you to join Khe Sahn Vets Organization. Myself and just a few other Marines represented our Battalion and do so every year but so many guys from 1/1 fought there we should have more guys be part of group. Go on line to Khe Sahn Vets.org to get details and registration form. Any questions get in touch with me and I can fill you in. S/F Griff