According to the White House’s announcement on Tuesday, President Donald Trump will give his first Medal of Honor to Vietnam veteran James C. McCloughan.
McCloughan is set receive the award due to his efforts during a two-day close-combat fight near Don Que, Vietnam. He was in service as a private first class combat medic during the fight, which lasted from May 13 to 15, 1969.
“McCloughan, then 23 years old, voluntarily risked his life on nine separate occasions to rescue wounded and disoriented comrades,” the White House press release read.
“He suffered wounds from shrapnel and small arms fire on three separate occasions, but refused medical evacuation to stay with his unit, and continued to brave enemy fire to rescue, treat, and defend wounded Americans.”
The 71-year-old McCloughan is a part of the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame after spending 40 years educating and coaching at South Haven High School in Michigan.
The Medal of Honor is given to members of the Armed Forces who “distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty.”
McCloughan will receive the Medal of Honor on July 31.