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Sgt. Maj. John Canley - Fearless Marine to be Awarded Medal of Honor

Sgt. Maj. John Canley – Fearless Marine to be Awarded Medal of Honor


John L. Canley (born February 1, 1938) is a retired United States Marine and recipient of the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for actions in January/February 1968 during the Battle of Huế. At the time of this action Canley was a Gunnery sergeant with Company A 1st Battalion, 1st Marines. Canley was originally awarded the Navy Cross, but this was upgraded to the Medal of Honor which was presented on October 17, 2018. Canley was born in Caledonia, Arkansas. In 1953, Canley enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and retired in 1981. He lives in Oxnard, California.

On the morning of January 31, 1968, Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines was loaded onto trucks and sent to reinforce U.S. and South Vietnamese forces under siege in Huế. As the convoy approached the southern suburbs of the city, they began to come under increased sniper fire. In one village, the troops dismounted and cleared the houses on either side of the main street before proceeding. The Marine convoy stopped several times to eliminate resistance in heavy house-to-house and street-to-street fighting before proceeding again. During this fighting the Company commander, Captain Gordon Batchellor was wounded and Gunnery Sergeant Canley assumed command of the Company and he and Sergeant Alfredo Cantu Gonzalez led the Marines in the defense of the convoy, actions for which Gonzalez would later be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. At about 15:15 after bloody fighting the Marines managed to make their way toward the besieged Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) compound . Canley was awarded the Navy Cross. Sergeant Major Canley retired from the Marine Corps on October 23, 1981.

Representative Julia Brownley sponsored a bill in Congress for Canley’s Navy Cross to be upgraded to the Medal of Honor. On December 21, 2017 the House of Representatives waived the 5 year time limit for the award of the Medal of Honor and the Senate later took similar action. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (a former Marine General) recommended the upgrade to President Donald Trump who approved the award in July 2018.[1][6] On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, President Trump awarded the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Major John L. Canley, United States Marine Corps (Retired), for conspicuous gallantry. Sgt. Maj. John Canley will become the 300th Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

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MILAN ER (Extended Response) Anti-Tank Guide Missile System

MILAN ER (Extended Response) Anti-Tank Guide Missile System


Designed by MBDA, MBDA’s MILAN (Extended Response) anti-tank missile is the latest generation of the combat-proven MILAN weapon system that has already been selected by over 40 customers around the world. This latest generation high firepower weapon system has been specifically designed for land combat forces involved in sustained and demanding close combat operations. It combines precision and the versatility to address all the threats of the modern battlefield; static or moving, comprising the most heavily armed tanks as well as targets such as fortifications and infrastructures. The missile system is equipped with new extended response ammunition powered by enhanced propulsion system for high lethality, in-flight manoeuvrability, and maximum operating range. It can also be configured with the next generation technologies to meet the new combat requirements.

MILAN ER (Extended Response) Anti-Tank Guide Missile System

MILAN ER (Extended Response) Anti-Tank Guide Missile System


The MILAN ER weapon system is equipped with semi-automatic command to line of sight (SACLOS) guidance system. The wire-guided SACLOS offers anti-jamming efficiency in clutter environments. The man-in-the-loop option further ensures accurate identification of targets and permanent control over the mission. It also prevents collateral damage in complex situations. It is suitable for both urban and open terrain thanks to Man in the Loop (MITL) operation for avoidance of collateral damage, friendly fire and to comply with increasingly complex rules of engagement. The improved anti-jamming capability of the system provides operators with continuous communication without any interference. The system can also be incorporated into future Network Centric Warfare (NCW) systems.
MILAN ER (Extended Response) Anti-Tank Guide Missile System

MILAN ER (Extended Response) Anti-Tank Guide Missile System


The MILAN ER is launched by MILAN ADT (advanced technology) digital firing post. The firing post supports built-in-test, maintenance, support and geo-positioning tools, and is fully digitalised. The firing post weighs 34kg, including one MILAN ER missile, and incorporates an azimuth indicator and an integrated thermal imaging system with video inputs/outputs for remote operation and remote vision during all weather conditions. It is compatible with all types of MILAN missiles including the MILAN 2, 3 and ER variants. The MLAN ER anti-tank missile system can be fired from armoured vehicle platforms using a modified WASP remote-controlled weapon station. The WASP turret can also be mounted with a 7.62mm machine gun. It offers protection for dismounted infantry or for logistic convoy escorts from enemy fire, and increases the responsiveness of the system.
MILAN ER (Extended Response) Anti-Tank Guide Missile System

MILAN ER (Extended Response) Anti-Tank Guide Missile System


The MBDA’s MILAN ER ER missile features an extended range of 3,000 m. For optimal terminal effectiveness, a new concept tandem charge is now contained in the warhead. This employs a dual-mode front charge to defeat early and new generation ERA.
• Lethal: achieving more than 10 calibres penetration
• Capable of neutralising latest generation ERA
• Capable of penetrating more than 2m of reinforced concrete
• Increased missile agility
• Maintenance-free missile
MILAN ER (Extended Response) Anti-Tank Guide Missile System

MILAN ER (Extended Response) Anti-Tank Guide Missile System