On July 31, 2017, President Donald Trump awarded the Medal of Honor to PFC James
His citation reads:
The President of the United States of America,
authorizedby Act of Congress, March 3rd, 1863, has awarded in the name of Congress the Medal of Honor to Private First Class James C. McCloughan, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.
Private First Class [James] C. McClenaghan distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty from May 13th through 15th, 1969, while serving as a combat medic with Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, 196th Light Infantry Brigade,
The company air assaulted into an area near Tam Ky and Nui Yon Hill. On May 13th, with complete disregard for his life, he ran 100 meters in an open field through heavy fire to rescue a comrade too injured to move and carried him to safety. That same day,
2nd Platoon was orderedto search the area near Nui Yon Hill when the platoon was ambushedby a large North Vietnamese Army force and sustained heavy casualties.
With complete disregard for his life and personal safety, Private First Class
McCloughanled woAmericans into the safety of a trench while being wounded by shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade. He ignored a direct order to stay back,and braved an enemy assault while moving into the “kill zone” on four more occasions to extract wounded comrades.
He treated the injured, prepared the evacuation, and though bleeding heavily from shrapnel wounds on his head and entire body, refused evacuation to safety
in orderto remain at the battle site with his fellow soldiers who were heavily outnumberedby the North Vietnamese Army forces.
On May 14th,
the platoon was again orderedto move out towards Nui Yon Hill. Private First Class McCloughanwas wounded a second time by small arms fire and shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade while rendering aid totwo soldiers in an open rice paddy. In the final phases of the attack, two companies from 2nd North Vietnamese Army Division and an element of 700 soldiers from a Viet Cong regiment descended upon Charlie Company’s position on three sides.
Private First Class McCloughan, again with complete disregard for his life, went into the crossfire
numeroustimes throughout the battle to extract the wounded soldiers, while also fighting the enemy. His relentless and courageous actions inspired and motivated his comrades to fight for their survival. When supplies ran low, Private First Class McCloughan volunteered to hold a blinking strobe light in an open area as a marker for a nighttime resupply drop. He remained steadfast while bullets landed all around him and rocket-propelled grenades flew over his prone, exposed body.
During the morning darkness of May 15th, Private First Class
McCloughanknocked out a rocket-propelled grenade position with a grenade, fought and eliminated enemy soldiers, treated numerouscasualties, kept two critically-woundedsoldiers alive through the night, and organized the dead and wounded for evacuation at daylight. His timely and courageous actions were instrumental in savingthe lives of his fellow soldiers.
Private First Class
McCloughan’s personal heroism, professional competence, and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the AmericalDivision, and the United States Army.
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