This Week’s Program
This week’s one hour radio broadcast is hosted by Jim Fausone.
Jim talks with Vietnam Army SPC 5 combat medic Jim McCloughan from South Haven, Michigan who received the Medal of Honor from President Trump in May of 2017.
PFC McCloughan was assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry in March 1969. Two months later, over the course of a hellish 48 hours in May 1969, McCloughan rushed into a sea of bullets, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars to rescue his fellow soldiers and fight off the enemy.
He was wounded three times during the battle and was credited with saving the lives of 10 Americans from enemy fire and patching up dozens more.
Medal of Honor Vietnam Medic Jim "Doc" McCloughan
Michigan Army Man Awarded Medal of Honor
The battle at Tam Ky and Nui Yon Hill in Vietnam on May 13-15, 1969 is retold by the surviving medic Jim “Doc” McCloughan. His rescue of the wounded is recounted as are other battlefield acts of bravery.
An excerpt from President Trump during the Medal of Honor ceremony:
To many people in this room, Specialist Five McCloughan has always been their friend, “Jim.” To others, he’s been “Coach.” To those who bravely served with him in Vietnam, he’s still called their “Doc.” To his parents Scotty and Margaret, both watching from heaven, he will always be their son. But today, [to] 320 million grateful American hearts, Private McCloughan carries one immortal title — and that title is “hero.”
McCloughan made a deal with God that if he survived he would tell his Dad he loved him, be the best coach, teacher, father and husband possible. He honored that deal as he explains in this candid interview.
Jim McCloughan is an honest, direct, humble man – “the guy next door.”
National Medal of Honor Day
The United States Congress has designated March 25th of each year as National Medal of Honor Day, a day dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients. (Public Law 101-564)
The date of March 25th was chosen to highlight this special day because it was on March 25, 1863, that the first Medals of Honor were presented to six members of Andrews’ Raiders, all soldiers from Ohio.
On our site there are readings of Medal of Honor stories, produced and recorded by Ken Rogge for Veterans Radio. Click on the MORE INFORMATION button to listen to these stories.
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