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    Uss john canley

    SECNAV Names Future Expeditionary Sea Base USS John L. Canley
    Posted on November 10, 2020 by SeapowerStaff
    ARLINGTON, Va. — Secretaryof the Navy Kenneth J. Braithwaite announced Nov. 10 that a future U.S. NavyExpeditionary Sea Base (ESB) class ship will honor Medal of Honor RecipientMarine Corps Sergeant Major (Retired) John L. Canley.
    Canley was awardedthe nation’s highest honor 50 years after his actions serving as CompanyGunnery Sergeant, Company A, First Battalion, First Marines, First MarineDivision in the Republic of Vietnam from Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, 1968, during theBattle of Hue City.
    “To honor theremarkable Vietnam generation on this 245th birthday of the United StatesMarine Corps, ESB-6 will be named USS John L. Canley to honor a man who hasexemplified all that has made our service strong, and our Nation thrive,” Braithwaitesaid. “Then-Gunnery Sergeant Canley led his men through the Battle of Hue City,going above and beyond the call of duty as he carried wounded Marines to safetyand drove the enemy from a fortified position. His courageous actions resultedin the award of the Medal of Honor, as well as the enduring gratitude of ourNation.”
    While serving asCompany Gunnery Sergeant, Canley fought off multiple enemy attacks as hiscompany moved along a highway toward Hue City to relieve friendly forces whowere surrounded. On several occasions, despite his own wounds, he rushed acrossfire-swept terrain to carry wounded Marines to safety.
    When his commandingofficer was severely wounded, he took command and led his company into HueCity. While in command of the company for three days, he led attacks against multipleenemy-fortified positions while exposing himself to enemy fire to carry woundedMarines to safety. On Feb. 6, at a hospital compound, he twice scaled a wall infull view of the enemy to aid wounded Marines and carry them to safety. Canley’sheroic actions saved the lives of his teammates.
    “Sgt. Maj. Canleyembodies the spirit of honor, courage and commitment,” said Commandant of theMarine Corps Gen. David H. Berger. “Sgt. Maj. Canley represents a generation ofMarines who have sacrificed and fought for our way of life. His actions inVietnam forever changed the lives of so many Marines around him. His legacywill continue to live on.”
    Canley was originallyawarded the Nation’s second highest honor, the Navy Cross, for his actionduring the Battle of Hue City, but this was upgraded to the Medal of Honor,which was presented Oct. 17, 2018, during a ceremony at the White House.
    Canley was born inCaledonia, Arkansas, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in LittleRock. He retired from the United States Marine Corps in 1981 and continues toserve his community and Marine Corps family today.
    “ESB vessels willdeploy Marines of the future carrying the name of Marines of the past,” Braithwaitesaid. “They are leaders who truly embodies our core values of honor, courageand commitment, and the future crew of USS John L. Canley, both Sailors andMarines, will carry on his legacy, character and professionalism throughout thelifespan of this vessel.”
    The ESB ship class ishighly flexible that may be used across a broad range of military operationssupporting multiple operational phases, similar to the ExpeditionaryTransfer Dock (ESD) class. Acting as a mobile sea base, they are part of thecritical access infrastructure that supports the deployment of forces andsupplies to provide prepositioned equipment and sustainment with flexibledistribution.
    USS Lewis B. Puller(ESB 3), the first Expeditionary Sea Base delivered, along with follow shipsHershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) and Miguel Keith (ESB 5), are being optimizedto support a variety of maritime-based missions, including special operationsforces and airborne mine countermeasures.

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    Semper Fi, Sgt Major.... about time....

    Si vis pacem, para bellum

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    Great Marine....

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    A great Marine who leads by example, Does not beat his own chest nor complain for not being acknowledged, just does what he has to do then moves on. Makes one proud to hold the title of a United States Marine. Semper Fi.

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    Long overdue, and I agree, he is a great example of what it means to be a Marine.

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