President Trump to award Legionnaire and Army medic James McCloughan Medal of Honor in ceremony today

 
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President Trump to award Legionnaire and Army medic James McCloughan Medal of Honor in ceremony today

It’s been a long wait, but Michigan Legionnaire Jim McCloughan will finally be awarded the Medal of Honor today:

An Army medic from Michigan who risked his life multiple times to rescue Vietnam War comrades is becoming the first person to receive the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump. […]

McCloughan was a 23-year-old private first class who had been drafted into the Army when, in 1969, he found himself in the middle of the raging, days long Battle of Hui Yon Hill. McCloughan voluntarily entered the "kill zone" to rescue injured comrades, even as he was pelted with shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade.

In its announcement last month, the White House said McCloughan "voluntarily risked his life on nine separate occasions to rescue wounded and disoriented comrades. He suffered wounds from shrapnel and small arms fire on three separate occasions, but refused medical evacuation to stay with his unit, and continued to brave enemy fire to rescue, treat, and defend wounded Americans." […]

The combat medic stuck around until the battle ended, coming to the aid of his men and fighting the enemy, even knocking out an enemy RPG position with a grenade at one point. In all, the Pentagon credits McCloughan with saving the lives of 10 members of his company.

McCloughan went on to be a teacher at a Michigan high school and even coached American Legion baseball for 20 years before retiring from both in 2008.   Here’s a pretty good video of him:

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