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Sgt Martin Joseph Canavan, Jr
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Birth: Oct. 24, 1946
Death: Mar. 29, 1969
Lai Chau, Vietnam

Name: Martin Joseph Canavan Jr
Birth Date: 24 Oct 1946
Death Date: 29 Mar 1969
Gender: Male
Age: 22
Race: Caucasian
Home City: Barstow
Home State: California
Religion: Episcopal (Anglican)
Marital Status: Single (Spouse Not Listed)
SSN/Service #: 56707321
Citizen Status: U.S.

Death Date: 29 Mar 1969
Processed Date: Mar 1969
Casualty Country: Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam)
Casualty Type: Hostile - Killed
Casualty Reason: Multi-Fragment Wounds
Casualty Air: Ground Casualty
Body Status: Body Recovered

Service Branch: Department of the Army
Component: Selective Service
Military Grade: Staff Sergeant
Pay Grade: Specialist Sixth Class (U.S. Army) or Staff Sergeant (U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps) or Technical Sergeant (U.S. Air Force) or Grade/Rate Abbreviations With First Column: Any Entry; Second Column: Any Entry; Third Column: 1; Fourth Column: Blank (U.S. Navy
Province: Military Region 3 - Tay Ninh
Length of Service : 01
Service Occupation: Light Weapons Infantry (ARMY)

Data Source: Combat Area Casualties Current File

Distinguished Service Cross
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Martin Joseph Canavan, Jr. (ASN: US-56707321), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company A, 2d Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). Staff Sergeant Canavan distinguished himself by exceptionally 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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  Martin Joseph Canavan (1913 - 1981)
Mountain View Memorial Park
San Bernardino County
California, USA
Plot: 14 03 01
Created by: Michelle
Record added: Sep 28, 2007
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Staff Sergeant Martin Joseph Canavan, Jr. has Honoree Record 238322, with biography, at
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 Added: May. 5, 2016
Bronze Star Medal- Purple Heart- Only for Heroes. Rest in Peace
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 Added: Mar. 6, 2016
You will never be forgotten .... Barstow High Memorial.
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