Canavan, Martin Joseph, Jr., SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry (Airmobile)/A Company
Service Years
1967 - 1969

Staff Sergeant



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Barstow
Last Address
Barstow

Casualty Date
Mar 29, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Mountain View Memorial Park - Barstow, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
28W 078

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
2nd Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division/2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry (Airmobile)
  1968-1969, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry (Airmobile)/A Company
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
The assault into LZ Jess cost Alpha 2/5 eight men, two of whom received posthumous awards of the Distinguished Service Cross:

  • SSG Martin J. Canavan, Barstow, CA (Dist Svc Cross)

  • CPL Kenneth J. Brenner, Hope, KS (Dist Svc Cross) (Medic, HHC w/ A/2/5)

  • SP4 Thomas L. Cottrell, Milwaukee, WI

  • SP4 Richard E. Griego, Santa Fe, NM

  • CPL Robert D. Lauber, Monica, IL

  • CPL James M. McKinley, Mc David, FL (Medic, HHC w/ A/2/5)

  • SP4 Charles R. Prchal, Sound Beach, NY

  • PFC Ronald R. Meyer, Seattle, WA


ietnam Wall Panel coords 28W 078
   
Comments/Citation
The President of the United States
takes pride in presenting the

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

posthumously to

MARTIN J. CANAVAN JR.
Staff Sergeant
Army of the United States

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam: Staff Sergeant Canavan distinguished himself by exceptional valorous actions on 29 March 1969 while leading a platoon involved in a mission in enemy dominated terrain in Tay Ninh Province. Having just made a combat assault into the area, Sergeant Canavan's company set up a defensive perimeter prior to constructing a landing zone. As the first supply helicopters approached the site, the enemy opened fire on the company with small arms, automatic weapons and rockets. After the initial barrage, Sergeant Canavan was placed in charge of the third platoon with instructions to assist the first and second platoons, who had received the brunt of the attack. He effectively emplaced his men to lay down protective fire under which the two threatened platoons could withdraw to safety. He then personally led a squad to remove the injured men in the killing zone. When increased bombardment forced his squad to pull back, he called in air strikes and artillery to silence the enemy. After organizing and leading an assault on the wood line, where the foe lay entrenched, he seized the opportunity offered by the advance to evacuate the wounded and dead who were stranded after the first attack. When the bodies had been removed and the wounded given emergency treatment, Sergeant Canavan pulled his troops back to avoid further casualties. In a last minute effort to reach another wounded comrade pinned down in the open by enemy fire Sergeant Canavan was struck down by intense enemy fire. Staff Sergeant Canavan's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
   
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