John J. Canney Jr.

William Colwell
Class Year 1938
Rank MAJ
Service USMC
Conflict Korea
Born 01/30/1916
Hometown Cambridge, MA
Died 11/28/1950 (MIA)
Location of Death Korea, North

Additional Information

Military Awards and Decorations: Combat Action Ribon (Navy), Navy Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea War Service Medal

Location of Interment: Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii

Citation: Yudam-ni - When a strong enemy force overran local outposts and threatened the Battalion Command Post, Major Canney, Executive Officer of the the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, immediately organized headquarters personnel and established defense postitions. As the enemy troops moved to within 20 yards of certain command post installations, he, without regard for his own personal safety, courageously moved among the defense positions and directed the fire of his men, lending words of encouragement and redeploying the troops as necessary to meet the pressing penetration until he was mortally wounded.

American Battle Monuments Commission

John J. Canney, Jr.