Michigan Veteran To Receive Medal Of Honor Today

Army veteran to get Medal of Honor for heroism in 1969 Vietnam

Army veteran to get Medal of Honor for heroism in 1969 Vietnam

Trump awarded the Medal of Honor to former Army Spc.

The president said McCloughan saved the lives of ten men over two days during a battle in Vietnam, where he was a medic.

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"It quickly became clear that they were surrounded by enemy troops", Trump said. One well-wisher at the Medal of Honor ceremony on Monday was Congressman Fred Upton, who spoke with WSJM.

"As Jim now says, I would have rather died on the battlefield than know that men died because they did not have a medic".

McCloughan told reporters it was "humbling" to receive the award, and that his heart is with the families of those who didn't survive. McCloughan was serving combat medic with Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, when his unit air assaulted into an enemy-infested area near Nui Yon Hill.

An Army medic from MI who risked his life nine times to rescue comrades in Vietnam is becoming the first person to receive the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump.

"That awful wound didn't stop Jim from pulling those two men to safety", Trump said. "He said 'you are going to need me here, '" Trump said.

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Trump hung the Medal of Honor around McCloughan's neck, shook his hand and hugged him.

After tending to that soldier, McCloughan joined a mission to advance toward the enemy, Trump said.

Before the change, the relevant act had to have happened within three years of a person being recommended for the medal and the award had to be given within five years of it.

The law waived the five-year period for McCloughan and made it possible for the president to award McCloughan the medal.

McCloughan graduated from Olivet College with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a teaching credential before he was was drafted into the Army.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, who worked on getting the measure into law, met McCloughan Friday in her office.

McCloughan "went into the crossfire numerous times throughout the battle to extract the wounded soldiers, according to the citation". Now retired, he is a member of the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Michigan School Coaches Hall of Fame and the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. At last, that afternoon, he helped gather the dead and wounded so the unit could be evacuated.

Back in MI on Sunday, the now 71-year-old retired high school teacher and coach was among about a dozen local Vietnam veterans honored for their service.

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