The road to the Medal of Honor is never quick or easy, but for former Spc. Jim McCloughan, it took two days of unrelenting fire, 10 lives saved, 48 years and an intervention by Congress to get here.
President Trump draped the military’s highest award around the Vietnam combat medic’s neck Monday in a ceremony at the White House.
“For over two centuries, our brave men and women in uniform have overcome tyranny, fascism, communism, and every single threat – they’ve overcome,” Trump said. ”And we’ve overcome these threats because of titans like Jim, whose spirit could never be conquered.”
McCloughan, 71, was joined by 10 battle buddies from C Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, whom Trump asked to stand and be recognized with a round of applause.
“Today, to 320 million grateful American hearts, [he] carries one title, and that title is ‘hero,’ “ Trump said.
The ceremony was attended by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey and Defense Secretary James Mattis, as well as Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Nadja West and the White House chief of staff, retired Marine Gen. John Kelly.