John Canley, Mr. Spinney, Canley discussed on KCBS Radio Weekend News

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Into America's most innocent six year olds. The music left to tap. I think we should paying him back. His kid just really tall kid. The job has taken him around the world. The great wall and into our living rooms, and he went around. Where he also played another memorable character. Oscar, the grouch. He. Can both roles will be taken over by understudies in Spinney. Now, eighty four will be left to look back on his success. He's still pinches himself dot toyed hurts, but. Because it doesn't have to. It's such a it's a it's puts a smile on 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. But here's what you really need to know about what happened. I can't think of any other way a reason of where I would rather die than we memories. Do you think you were going to die that day? That never crossed my mind Canley was leading his marines into the teeth of a North Vietnamese ambush on the southern outskirts of way monitoring would follow me. So if 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. There's still alive. Right. So I'm gonna try to get to 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 received? There's nothing that really offends me the marines who followed him into battle Canley says we're the source of his courage knowing that there was a one hundred percent behind me fear never existed. David Martin CBS news Washington that.

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