President Trump will present the Medal of Honor to former Army Specialist 5 James C. McCloughan on July 31, in recognition of heroism the soldier displayed during the war. While serving with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 196th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, the 23-year-old combat medic risked his life nine different times during a May 13-15 firefight in order to assist and save his wounded comrades, according to official records. Even though McCloughan was wounded three times by small arms fire, he insisted on staying with his unit and refused efforts to medically evacuate him. After the war, he returned home to South Haven, Mich., and spent 40 years as a coach and teacher. According to Army Times, McCloughan’s commanders has recommended him for the Distinguished Service Cross – the Army’s second-highest award for valor in combat. The award was downgraded to a Bronze Star medal with a “V” device for valor. A review board recently determined that his action warranted the Medal of Honor.
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