President Trump White House Medal of Honor Ceremony – James C. McCloughan – 3:15pm Livestream…

President Trump will present his first Medal of Honor to a Vietnam hero today.  Former Specialist Five James C. McCloughan risked his life on nine separate occasions to rescue wounded comrades while serving as a medic in Vietnam.

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52 Responses to President Trump White House Medal of Honor Ceremony – James C. McCloughan – 3:15pm Livestream…

  1. Pam says:

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  2. Pam says:

    Here comes POTUS!

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  3. Pam says:

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  4. Pam says:

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  5. Pam says:

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  6. Pam says:

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    • CharterOakie says:

      Almost an understatement.

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      • Lucille says:

        Be sure to go to http://www.cmohs.org/ for a listing of all recipients of the Medal of Honor since the first MOH was awarded to Jacob Parrott on March 25, 1863. Reading the citations for each man (and one Civil War woman) is immensely touching and humbling. James C. McCloughan’s name and photo is up, but the full details are pending (so far, they have incorrectly noted his birthplace as being Bangor, Maine and not Michigan!).

        From the website: “On August 14, 1958 President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation sent to him by Congress chartering the Congressional Medal of honor Society. The purposes of the organization were clearly spelled out in its charter (which can be found in Title 36 U.S.C., Chapter 33).”

        “They included:
        Creation of a bond of brotherhood and comradeship among all living recipients of the Medal of Honor.

        Maintaining the memory and respect for those who had died receiving the Medal of Honor, as well as those living recipients who had since died.

        Protection and preservation of the dignity and honor of the Medal of Honor at all times and on all occasions.

        Protecting the name of the Medal of Honor as well as individual Medal of Honor recipients from exploitation.

        Providing assistance and aid to needy Medal of Honor recipients, their spouses or widows, and their children.

        Promoting patriotism and allegiance to the Government and Constitution of the United States.

        To serve the United States in peace or war.

        To promote and perpetuate the principles upon which our nation is founded.

        To foster patriotism and inspire and stimulate our youth to become worthy citizens of our country.”

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          Thanks Lucille. (I never would have thought to look there, went to check on the address. It’s fixed. He apparently was physically born in South Haven, MI, which is literally next door to Bangor.)

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  7. Pam says:

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  8. Regina says:

    related

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  9. Pam says:

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  10. CharterOakie says:

    Wow! Almost unbelievable bravery and selflessness!

    No idea why it took decades for this hero to get his due, but thank God it has finally happened.

    MAGA!

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  11. thetrain2016 says:

    The timing of this ceremony may have something to do with John McCain’s inexcusable behavior. Now the Senator is really pissed…

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    • V.Lombardi says:

      Yes, I hope Trump does one of these often. It is an incredible contrast to the service of McCain.

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      • Janie M. says:

        And songbird’s betrayal of VN era POWs who were never repatriated.

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          X 1000 Janie. I have some archive of some of the Senate Hearings that family members were finally getting to have back in the early 90’s about their POW’s and MIA’s. Songbird did everything he could to end/destroy those hearings.

          {I think he had something to hide)

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          • georgiafl says:

            “The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones.”

            So let it be with our pretend Caesar who thumbed down the health care bill.

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          • Janie M. says:

            BigMama, I credit Sydney Schanberg (God rest his soul, he died last year @82) for exposing traitorous songbird. Sydney did exhaustive research into his deceit. I have always believed he was taken by his VC captors for POW camp propaganda tours, and more, which he never wanted Americans to discover if some of those POWs made it home.

            Below is a link to a lengthy analysis Sydney wrote in 2010. Songbird also colluded with government officials to suppress information, it was all self-serving. BTW, it has been theorized he was surreptitiously transported to the USSR for “deep” interrogation. May be true, but we will never know.

            http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/mccain-and-the-pow-cover-up/

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  12. fedback says:

    Beautiful ceremony. Very touching
    The President talks about God, wonderful
    Medal of honor recipient McCloughan salutes his comrades

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  13. Just Outstanding what this man did. Tears. What a ceremony.

    I was wondering ‘What took so long?’

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  14. maiingankwe says:

    PFC James McCloughan saved a good number of lives and gave his fellow Soldiers the spirit to not give up. An amazing man, an amazing Soldier, who I am sure many were greatfull he was there with him.

    Watching this ceremony one could see through the eyes of this Soldier he was brought right back to those days of fighting for their lives.

    I pray he will be alright and has the tools to fight those demons which have a tendency to come out late at night, and through their nightmares. May our Creator surround him with the strongest white light of protection and may the Angels stand guard and fight those nasty demons who try to come through when we are most vulnerable. May all negativity bounce right off him and may the light shine brightly around him.

    I have the highest respect for our Vietnam Veterans, and it makes my heart swell with pride and happiness to see them receive the proper recognition they deserve. May this continue often.

    God Bless PFC James McCloughan, his platoon, all of our Veterans, our President of the United States, and all of those citizens that live within and abroad.

    We should take great pride in our heroes who have done so much to save so many lives. We should honor them always.

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    • hippielouie says:

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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    • chicagodeplorable says:

      “I pray he will be alright…” you hit that right on target, Maiingankwe, as do all of your posts. The nightmares still continue for many of our brave servicemen from VN and have contributed to the many divorces I have seen from friends and family. Sadly, the VA AND the general public did not support this generation of fighters, but seem to have gotten back on the right track now. May God Bless all our military!
      I don’t comment often because WP just doesn’t work for me and it takes so much time to browse for replies if I comment. You, Pam, Wolfmoon, WSB, Fle, BlackKnights, Howie and SO MANY OTHERS really helped me get through the election and that assistance continues through today. I honestly don’t know what I would do without Sundance and this totally awesome blog!

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      • maiingankwe says:

        chicagodeplorable,
        It is good to hear from you, and hopefully, WP can become easier for us all, so there will be more occasions we hear from your mind and others, especially yours.

        PTSD is nasty, and many never recover. I would give my reasonings and theories, but it would be a very long post. Probably put most to sleep. It is something I’ve been writing about since I was thirteen and saw first hand the damage it can do to a Soldier’s psyche when they are finally able to return home.

        My Dad, a Veterans Advocate, one of the first hired by our government, helped me write that paper when I was young. He gave me a PTSD guide and the effects it has on Soldiers psyche and behavior. I still have it to this day. It’s old, worn, but the doctors who helped write it were on to something even way back then.

        There were a lot of arguments due to the number of WWII and Korean Vets on boards who did not recognize Vietnam Vets since it was never declared a war and for other senseless reasons that were more personal than concrete.

        The boards I’m referring to were the boards who would look over the paperwork on Soldiers trying to get their discharge papers properly upgraded. A good number of them on these boards did not hold the same level of respect as they did for their fellow Brothers and those before them. I remember the frustrations my Dad would have and it continued until they retired off of the boards allowing newer blood to finally enter, which took decades.

        Some people think PTSD is relatively new, it isn’t, just the name. There is documentation of shell shock, and other titles used in previous wars and battles. However, I do believe it was our Vietnam Soldiers who brought a more in-depth study and the relentless pushing back of our Vietnam Vets, refusing to be swept under the rug and forgotten that has gotten us as far as we have into the effects and treatments.

        I did it again, and I am so sorry chicagodeplorable, I went off on a tangent away from your post and what you wrote.

        I just hope people keep our Vets of all wars, conflicts, battles and so forth in our prayers of protection. So many have sacrificed so much and they all need to know we stand with them, always.

        If one watches this video again, watch our PFC James McCloughan’s eyes. You will be able to see he is reliving the nightmare of the forty-eight hours. Watch how our President quickly brings him back and how our Warrior honors those that are in the crowd. He’s forgotten it is about him and looks like he just wants to let others know he is there for them and with him. Completely selfless. A true hero and Warrior.

        Thank you chicagodeplorable for putting my name with so many that I respect and appreciate as well. I so hope we will hear more from you, and I’m honored you chose to speak out with my comment. Again, I apologize for going off in another direction and for some time when really all I wanted to do was welcome you. Welcome chicagodeplorable!
        Be well and stay smiling,
        Ma’iingankwe

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        • chicagodeplorable says:

          Ma’iingankwe:

          Thanks for those very nice compliments; however, DON’T ever apologize for your posts. Every single one of them have provided more insight to topics I am very much interested in. I sure wish we lived closer and could meet to discus these more in depth; I’m sure we could both expound for days on end. Lol!

          BTW; I somehow wound up with 2 WP accounts so I’m AKA ChicagoMom, too! Someday I will have time to get this straightened out.

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    • rednighthawk says:

      Amen! Amen! maiingankwe. Beautifully written!

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  15. Abster says:

    PFC McCloughan’s story is an amazing tale of bravery, courage and selflessness. I am so proud to see him finally recognized for his countless courageous actions. God bless him and his fellow soldiers who gave so much.

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  16. Doug says:

    what a beautiful, uplifting and inspiring story. we dont hear enough of them these days~!

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  17. mailmannz says:

    Someone pointed out recently that the medal of honour recipients have changed since WWII.

    No one is receiving the honour for killing the enemy any more, the vast majority of recipients (and the same is true for VC recipients too) have been for saving lives.

    Not taking anything away from these true heroes, because thats what they are TRUE HEROES. Was more just an observation that as time has moved on so have the types of recipients.

    Regards

    Mailman

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  18. aGrimm says:

    Valor medals are earned, and Specialist Five James C. McCloughan earned this medal just like Desmond Doss and so many more corpsmen and medics have done during our history. As a combat corpsman myself, it is my great pleasure to salute James.

    Each man in a unit has a role. The medic/corpsman role is self explanatory, but many may not realize that until a unit member is wounded, the medic/corpsman is also a rifleman and in this role you value your weapon like everyone else values their weapon. Once called upon to assume the primary role of corpsman/medic, the ‘doc’ has to put this weapon down to attend the wounded. Now unarmed and defenseless, ‘docs’ rely on our comrades-in-arms to protect us and they do. I thank those men for their courage. It is when men like James and Desmond go outside of this protection then they truly go above and beyond the call of duty. Their description: men of brass balls, courage and convictions. Semper Fi

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    • Carolina Kat says:

      To add to your comment from a medic I dated back in the 1970s (yes, I am that old), medics knew that they had a giant target on them. The enemy knew that if they killed the medic they would kill morale (if wounded, they could not expect treatment). The guy I knew was a green beret, and said that medics had the shortest life expectancy on the battlefield.

      What Jim McCloughan achieved was truly extraordinary.

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      • G. Combs says:

        Actually it was the radioman and forward observer who called in air cover that had the shortest life expectancy according to a guy I knew who ran a morgue in ‘Nam. (1st Hubby was 2nd Lt Army training officer at the time.)

        And yes many of the guys I knew in school went to ‘Nam and never came back or came back changed beyond all recognition.

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    • Janie M. says:

      aGrimm, Thank you, Devil Doc.

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  19. aGrimm says:

    Valor medals are earned, and Specialist Five James C. McCloughan earned this medal just like Desmond Doss and so many more corpsmen and medics have done during our history. As a combat corpsman myself, it is my great pleasure to salute James.

    Each man in a unit has a role. The medic/corpsman role is self explanatory, but many may not realize that until a unit member is wounded, the medic/corpsman is also a rifleman and in this role you value your weapon like everyone else values their weapon. Once called upon to assume the primary role of corpsman/medic, the ‘doc’ has to put this weapon down to attend the wounded. Now unarmed and defenseless, ‘docs’ rely on our comrades-in-arms to protect us and they do. I thank those men for their courage. It is when men like James and Desmond go outside of this protection then they truly go above and beyond the call of duty. Their description: men of brass balls, courage and convictions. Semper Fi

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  20. Abandoned says:

    It would be nice if PTrump could make Vietnam reveal the whereabouts of the known US POWs who were obviously alive after the US withdrawl and were never released. An appalling US national scandal.
    Threat of complete economic sanctions will have that happening in an instant.

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  21. Joyful Noise says:

    That was a beautiful ceremony. We are honored to have James McCloughan serve our country so valiantly. It’s such a good reminder to be humble and serve others. There was even a pray at the end.

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  22. Katie says:

    I cried when President Trump gave medals to the first responders and I’m crying again watching this. Both men looked a little choked up for a second.

    Who did Obama give a medal to? Ellen DeGeneres…

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  23. MickTurn says:

    I too was in VietNam in 68-69…I fixed code equipment and was involved in a few fire fights but this guy, WOW, it takes a special person to risk their life over an over for their comrades in arms!

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  24. quintrillion says:

    It seems as if the whole country became unglued during the era of the Vietnam war and has been ever since. The utter tragedy of the brave military getting little respect or recognition for their bravery even though most were drafted into this hellish war. Finally now some recognition, respect and love is being restored because of President Trump. Thank you President Trump for your brave efforts to glue us back together with God’s grace and dignity.

    This beautiful ceremony to this unbelievable courageous hero flooded the memory banks of friends never to return. God bless all valiant in harms way for America everyday.

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  25. Mike diamond says:

    Wow that was amazing,that’s a real man who received the medal of honor ! A true hero! And that’s our real President Trump who puts God and america first and respects our military! I will bow my knees to God today for giving us President Trump ! God and prayer are back in the whitehouse ! Rejoice!!!!

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  26. Abandoned says:

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/mccain-and-the-pow-cover-up/
    Forget about McCain in this. He doesn’t matter.

    Read it and tell me you believe no-one was left behind.
    They obviously were ….for trivial reasons. Welcome to government.

    Are there any still alive? They can be just in their mid 60s.

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