Retired South Haven Medic Receives Medal of Honor from President Trump
President Trump awarded his first Congressional Medal of Honor today, to a South Haven, MI Army medic who ran into battle and saved 10 members of his company, while injured himself. Private First Class James McCloughan saved lives during the Battle of Nui Yon Hill, in 1969 in Vietnam.
PFC McCloughan had suffered shrapnel injuries from an RPG, but still ran into the field of fire to rescue his injured comrades, eventually pulling 10 of them to safety!
McCloughan, then 23 years old, 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.
Not only was he tending to wounded, but PFC McCloughan was told by his Captain to leave the battlefield and seek medical attention himself.
"He knew me enough to know that I wasn't going," McCloughan said.
Not only did PFC McCloughan not leave the field, but he rescued another nine injured soldiers, and even took out an enemy RPG position with a grenade! All while injured!
After he left the Army, James McCloughan taught psychology and sociology, and coached football at South Haven High School until 2008. You might have been coached by a Medal of Honor winner, who saved lives!
Congratulations to our South Haven serviceman for being awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor, this highest award that can be bestowed on an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.
You can watch the entire ceremony above.