Originally published in Task and Purpose

…”Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Calif.) wrote the necessary legislation to upgrade Canley’s Navy Cross after Defense Secretary James Mattis wrote her in December that Congress would have to waive the law requiring Medals of Honor to be awarded within five years of the actions justifying the award.

“It is a very significant day for our country and there is no question that Sgt. Maj. Canley is more than worthy of our nation’s highest award,” Brownley told Task & Purpose on Wednesday.

“He is a wonderful person. He is very humble. With respect to this recognition and receiving the Medal of Honor, he will never talk about his role in it, but he only speaks of his fellow service members – the Marines who served with him. He loves his Marines – he loved them then, he loves then now.””

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