MOH Recipient Has Ship Named For Him

| February 10, 2021


Then-Gunny John Canley originally was awarded the Navy Cross while serving as a company commander at the outset of the infamous Tet Offensive in 1968. (Courtesy of the office of Julia Brownley)

Medal of Honor recipient Sgt Major Canley has a new Navy ship named for him.

From the article:  Marine Gunnery Sgt. John L. Canley fought off multiple attacks as his company moved into Hue City, the heaviest of urban fighting the Corps would see in Vietnam.

After his commanding officer was severely wounded he took command and led the company into that hellscape. Over three days Canley led attacks on multiple fortified positions, exposing himself repeatedly to enemy fire while carrying wounded Marines to safety.

In 2018, a half-century after those fateful days in 1968, Canley, then a retired sergeant major, was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Marines headed to battle in the near future will carry his name with them as the Navy announced in mid-November that an Expeditionary Sea Base-6, or ESB-6, class ship will be named in his honor.

“Sgt. Maj. Canley embodies the spirit of honor, courage and commitment,” Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. David H. Berger said in a press release. “Sgt. Maj. Canley represents a generation of Marines who have sacrificed and fought for our way of life. His actions in Vietnam forever changed the lives of so many Marines around him. His legacy will continue to live on.”

The ESB ship class is used through a range of military operations supporting multiple operational phases, similar to the Expeditionary Transfer Dock (ESD) class.  As a mobile sea base, the ships are part of the critical access infrastructure that supports the deployment of forces and supplies to provide prepositioned equipment and sustainment with flexible distribution, according to a Navy statement.  – article

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Thank God we’re back to naming warships after war heroes. At least until one of Biden’s handlers gives him a paper to sign. Hunter’s literal days of service in the USNR should be properly recognized with the naming of at least a destroyer if not an aircraft carrier. 😉

RGR 4-78

USN Hunter Biden CVN 6969

Motto, Fly em high and powder their noses.

RGR 4-78

Congratulations Navy, a well named Ship.


DaHell Big Navy doing, naming a ship after a Warrior? Who fornicated Fido on this? With the coming mothballing of ships, decommissioning, and not too many new ones to be built, how are we going to honor all of the politicians and SJWs that needs to have something named after them? And what about the fact that Sgt Major (Ret) Canley was a Southerner…(gasp)…and his Navy Cross upgraded to the MoH during the…(Pearl Clutch)…Trump Administration? Executive Order to rescind this action of ship naming coming in

BZ Sgt Major John Canley for your Heroism…and a BZ to the Kongress Kritters that upgraded his long overdue MoH…and to the ones who decided on the naming of the Navy Ship for this Hero.

“…on my side of the fence.” Indeed! Bet he could re-enforce/hold down the North Wall at Fire Base Magnolia right by himself.

Great story Ex…TanKs!


Yes you should. I got another suggestion as to where you could stick an oar but Sniffy Joe’s head might be in the way. You’d have to remove that FIRST!

Paddle carefully on mentioning your experience with oars. You may find yourself teaching the transition from Battle Speed to RAMMING SPEED to the just released from re-indoctrination camp deplorables that will be chained to the bottom galley of rowers in the new Green Energy Navy.


Nice to see our best warriors of the Vietnam War recognized.
It was not that long ago.

Green Thumb



Sergeant Major Canley is in good company–the lead and name ship in the ESB Class is the Lewis B. Puller.

For a Marine it surely can’t get much better than that…


You are correct Ol’ Poe “Goodnight Chesty wherever you are!”

That may change too, tho. Keep in mind that LTG Lewis “Chesty” Puller’s Grand Pappy was Major John Puller, 5th VA Cavalry CSA, KIA in 1863.

Say bye bye to Camp Lejeune too. 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General John A. Lejeune’s Pappy was Confederate Captain Ovide Lejeune. This list goes on.

The Stranger

Yeah, and Chesty was related to George S. Patton, who also had ancestors in the CSA Army.


Colonel George Patton, CSA, KIA Winchester VA 1864, his Grand Pappy


Great way to honor a true hero. Well done, Navy.