John Canley: He Rescued More Than 20 Fellow Marines in Vietnam and 50 Years Later Became the First Living Black Marine to Be Awarded the Medal of Honor

From a New York Times obit by Sam Roberts headlined “John L. Canley, Belated Medal of Honor Recipient, Dies at 84”:

Sgt. Maj. John L. Canley, who rescued more than 20 fellow Marines under enemy fire in Vietnam in 1968 and, 50 years later, became the first living Black Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor, died in Bend, Ore….

In 1953, John Canley, then just 15, borrowed his older brother’s credentials to enlist in the Marines. By January 1968, when his company of mostly teenage troops was deployed to the city of Hue in central Vietnam during the Tet offensive, he had already served in Japan and South Korea.