John Canley, Lou Tony Dokoupil, Canley discussed on CBS Sports Radio

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My face and ours as big bird might say tootle loo Mr. Spinney to Lou Tony dokoupil, CBS news, New York. Finally this week in the highest honor for an American vets heroism fifty years later eighty years old and looking as though he could still lead marines into combat retired sergeant Major John Canley received the medal of honor for his actions in the nineteen sixty eight battle of way. We'll get to the details in a moment. Why not? But here's what you really need to know about what happened. I can't think of any other way areso aware. I would rather die than we're memories. You think you're going to die that day? That never crossed my mind candy was leading his marines into the teeth of a North Vietnamese ambush on the southern outskirts of way monitoring would follow me to death. So they are in a position where is that? They may die. What am I supposed to do? According to statements submitted by his men what he did was repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire to pull wounded marines to safety. They're still alive. Right. So I'm gonna try to get to them. I witnesses saw him pull at least ten wounded marines to safety charge a machine gun that had them pinned down and deliberately exposed himself to fire in order to pinpoint enemy locations. But he hates being singled out from all the other marines who did their time in Phnom. Will you look at what type of award or what type of recognition they receive? There's nothing that. Really offend me. The marines who followed him into battle Canley says we're the source of his courage knowing that they was one hundred percent behind me fear never existed. David Martin CBS news Washington that.

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