By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.
In a Sunday, July 30, 2017 White House press release it was stated that President Trump would be awarding South Haven, Mi resident, Vietnam Veteran and former Specialist Five James C. McCloughan, U.S. Army with the Medal of Honor on Monday, July 31. Tuesday, in front of family members and 10 men from McCloughans former unit in Vietnam, McCloughan was presented with the Medal of Honor by President Trump.
McCloughan received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions while fighting against enemy forces near Don Que Vietnam. His actions occurred amid close combat that lasted for 48 hours in May of 1969 when McCloughan was 23 years old. McCloughan had been drafted into the Army.
According to a White House press release, McCloughan, "Voluntarily risked his life on nine separate occasions to rescue wounded and disoriented comrades." During the 48 hours of close combat McCloughan suffered shrapnel and small arms fire wounds on separate occasions, but refused to be evacuated because he wished to remain with his unit as he continued to rescue and treat the wounded amid heavy combat.