President Trump will present his first Medal of Honor as commander-in-chief Monday – to a 71-year-old Vietnam vet who was injured while saving his comrades as an Army medic.
James McCloughan entered the “kill zone” during the Battle of Hui Yon Hill in 1969 to rescue his fellow soldiers and was struck by 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.”
Now 71 and living in South Haven, Michigan, McCloughan last month said the battle was “the worst two days of my life.”
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