US President Donald Trump awards the Medal of Honor to Retired US Marine Sergeant Major John L. Canley, for actions during the Vietnam War, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, October 17, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - John Lee Canley, a Marine who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Vietnam War, has died at the age of 84, according to The Congressional Medal of Honor Society.The society said he passed Wednesday in Bend Oregon.
His daughter told The Washington Post he died of cancer. According to the news outlet, Sgt. Maj. Canley was the first Black Marine to receive the country’s highest military honor, awarded by then President Donald Trump at the White House in October 2018.
He also received the Bronze Star with Combat "V," the Purple Heart, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat "V," and the Combat Action Ribbon, according to military officials.