President Donald Trump awarded the nation’s highest military honor Monday to a Vietnam War veteran who saved wounded soldiers from a kill zone despite his own serious injuries.
Army medic Spc. James McCloughan, a 71-year-old from South Haven, Michigan, received the Medal of Honor for actions in combat. McCloughan’s recognition, which took place at a White House ceremony, marked Trump’s first time presenting the award.
McCloughan found himself in the two-day long Battle of Hui Yon Hill in Vietnam in 1969 when he was a private first class at 23 years old.
Officials say McCloughan willingly entered the “kill zone” to rescue 10 wounded and disoriented comrades despite his own serious injuries caused by shrapnel from a rock-propelled grenade.