Jul 31 2017
An Army medic from Michigan who risked his life multiple times to rescue Vietnam War comrades is the first person to receive the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump. Trump presented America’s highest military honor to James McCloughan today at a White House ceremony.
NBC 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.
Usually, the medal must be awarded within five years of the recipient’s actions, so Congress needed to pass a bill waiving the time limit. They did that in 2016, but somehow Barack Obama couldn’t find time to award the medal to McCloughan before his term ended this year.