Originally published in the New York Times.
…”Sergeant Major Canley, who served as a Marine for 28 years, has been recognized for his heroism before with the Navy Cross as well as two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart, according to Representative Julia Brownley, Democrat of California, who represents the district where he now lives. He was her guest at Mr. Trump’s State of the Union address in January.
Ms. Brownley said one of Sergeant Major Canley’s fellow service members contacted her in 2014 to ask that she recommend him for the Medal of Honor, an idea that Jim Mattis, the secretary of defense, told her in 2017 was fitting.
But Mr. Mattis said Congress would have to pass legislation to waive the five-year time limit for awarding the Medal of Honor. Ms. Brownley sponsored the bill, and the legislation was signed in January.”…