Sign the Petition to Barack Obama, United States President

We, the undersigned, call upon President Barack Obama to bestow the Medal of Honor on Will Cannon for his gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his own life above and beyond the call of duty on July 18, 1965.

On July 21, 1965, General George Simler prepared a Nomination letter, but it was lost in military channels and has never been heard from again. Due to the hostile public opinion about the Vietnam War, Will did nothing to further his Nomination, but his Dad and other family members, and other friends have kept up the fight to have this honor awarded to him.

Below is a narration of the events of July 18, 1965, as recounted by General George Simler in his Nomination of Will Cannon for the Congressional Medal of Honor.


Brenda Taft Edwards


Please read these excerpts from the original Nomination of General George Simler and SIGN THE PETITION:

"21 July 1965

This nomination of First Lieutenant William P. Cannon, 63766A, for the Medal of Honor arises out of his having distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his own life above and beyond the call of duty on 18 July 1965."

"At this time, my staff car was motioned to a halt by two Vietnamese men wearing the uniform of the Q.C. (Vietnamese M.P.) who were armed with what appeared to be American M-16 rifles. The two men dressed as Q.C. spoke rapidly to my Vietnamese driver in Vietnamese . . . my driver suddenly bolted out of the car door and into the ditch running along the left side of the road."

". . . to the right front . . . two Viet Cong swung a 30 caliber machine gun . . These two men were joined immediately at the crest of the embankment by 10 to 15 other Viet Cong bearing rifles . . . It was an ambush, and we were greatly outnumbered."

"It was at this point that Lt. Cannon began to distinguish himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the certain risk of his own life above and beyond the call of duty, for I was convinced at that moment that he was going to his own death."

". . . mounted on the back of the front seat of my staff car a rifle rack in which I keep a loaded double barreled shotgun. Lt. Cannon grabbed this shotgun and, without the slightest hesitation, rolled out the right rear door of the staff car with it. With a single blast he killed the two Viet Cong who were manning the machine gun, taking one man's head completely off."

"Lt. Cannon began to yell at Mr. Tau, my driver, to get back in the staff car and drive me back to Tan Son Nhut. Mr. Tau was afraid to move. Finally, after shooting another Viet Cong in the face as he peeped over the embankment, Lt. Cannon dashed across the road to the left ditch, grabbed Mr. Tau by the scruff of the neck, and threw him back into the driver's seat of the staff car. The car squealed out of the turmoil, leaving Lt. Cannon to deal with the Viet Cong on his own."

"As we pulled away, I observed and heard a hand grenade explode in the right hand ditch where Lt. Cannon had been only seconds before. I also observed through the rear window as Lt. Cannon shot yet another Viet Cong across the road."

"I can honestly say that in all my years in the United States Air Force I have never before seen an individual of any rank conduct himself with such selfless individual courage and with such complete disregard for his own life and safety. I am absolutely certain that Lt. Cannon saved the life of this Air Force General Officer on this occasion, as well as saving the life of the Vietnamese civilian, Mr. Tau. Lt. Cannon's actions were in the highest traditions of the United States Air Force and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country."



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