Army medic “ran into dan­ger”

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Dar­lene Su­perville

An Army medic who “ran into dan­ger” to save wounded sol­diers dur­ing a Viet­nam War bat­tle de­spite his own se­ri­ous wounds be­came on Mon­day the f irst Medal of Honor re­cip­i­ent un­der Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, 48 years af­ter the self­less acts for which James McCloughan is now na­tion­ally rec­og­nized.

McCloughan mouthed “thank you” as Trump placed the dis­tinc­tive blue rib­bon hold­ing the medal around the neck of the for­mer Army pri­vate first class. As the pres­i­dent and com­man­der in chief shook McCloughan’s hand, Trump said “very proud of you” be­fore he pulled the re­tired sol­dier into an em­brace.

“I know I speak for ev­ery per­son here when I say that we are in awe of your ac­tions and your brav­ery,” Trump said, de­scrib­ing McCloughan’s ac­tions for a rapt au­di­ence.

McCloughan said in a brief state­ment on the White House drive­way af­ter the cer­e­mony that it was hum­bling to re­ceive the medal. Now 71, he pledged to do his best to rep­re­sent the men who fought along­side him “as the care­taker of this sym­bol of courage and ac­tion beyond the call of duty.”

Drafted into the Army, McCloughan was a 23-year-old pri­vate first class and medic who in 1969 found him­self in the mid­dle of the rag­ing Bat­tle of Nui Yon Hill. McCloughan will­ingly en­tered the “kill zone” to res­cue in­jured com­rades de­spite his se­ri­ous wounds from shrap­nel from a rock­et­pro­pelled grenade.

In an­nounc­ing the honor, 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.”

“He ran into dan­ger,” Trump said.

Win McNamee, Getty Images North Amer­ica

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump presents the Medal of Honor to James McCloughan of South Haven, Mich., on Mon­day at the White House. McCloughan was hon­ored for heroic acts as a com­bat medic in the Viet­nam War.

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