Hero’s welcome for Medal of Honor recipient

Hero’s welcome for Medal of Honor recipient


3 FINALLY HONORED.NEARLY 50 YEARS AGO — A VIETNAM SOLDIER RETURNED HOME TO WEST MICHIGAN TO LITTLE PRAISE.LYNSEY:..NOW 5 DECADES LATER — HE’S A MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT — AND THIS TIME AROUND, HE WAS WELCOMED BACK TO WEST MICHIGAN TO THE HERO’S WELCOME HE’S ALWAYS DESERVED.CASEY:..24-HOUR NEWS 8’S KATHERINE DUCHARME HAS THE STORY, ALL NEW ON DAYBREAK. 3 KATHERINE:..RETIRED U-S ARMY JAMES MCCLOUGHLAN OF SOUTH HAVEN WAS PRESENTED WITH THE MEDAL OF HONOR BY PRESIDENT TRUMP ON MONDAY.BUT WHEN HE RETURNED HOME… THE PRAISES CONTINUED… WITH A WELCOME SURPRISE. 3 3 “WOW! YOU STAYED UP ALL NIGHT HERE? WOW!:”MCCLOUGHAN’S FLIGHT FROM D-C WAS DELAYED FOR MORE THAN FOUR HOURS.NAT CHEERINGDELAYS ARE NOTHING NEW FOR MCCLOUGHAN — THIS HEROS WELCOME HAS BEEN DELAYED FOR 5 DECADES.NAT FROM CROWDWHEN HE RETURNED FROM VIETNAM – THERE WAS NO PARADE – NO CHEERS – JUST THE MEMORIES OF WAR AND THE WOUNDS HE SUSTAINED.THE WAR WAS CONTROVERSIAL… AND VETERANS RARELY GOT RECOGNITION. 23:27:03ONE OF MY GOALS IS TO CHANGE THAT, TO BE TOUR VOICE. THIS IS NOT ABOUT JIM MCCLOUIN, THIS IS ABOUT 89 MEN, WHO WENT INTO BATTLE 32 OF US WALKED OUT AND WE WERE FAR OUTNUMBERED. 23;27;17 MCCLOUGHLAN WAS PRESENTED WITH THE MEDAL OF HONOR… FOR SAVING MORE THAN 10 LIVES IN VIETNAM IN MAY OF 19-69.. ALL WHILE SHRAPNEL WAS LOGDED IN HIS BODY.FOR HIM… THE TRIP TO D-C… WAS AN EMOTIONAL ONE. 23;25;50 IT TOOK ME ACTUALLY BACK TO THE BATTLE, YOU CAN WELL IMAGINE THAT THERE ARE SOME GHOSTS THAT GO ALONE WITH IT. THE LORD HAS HELPE DUS THROUGH THAT.’ 23;26;05ALSO THOSE MEMORIES… ALLOW MCCLOUGHAN TO POINT TO THE TRUE MEANING OF THE MEDAL. 23;28;47THE MEDAL IS ALL ABOUT LOVE, A LOVE THAT’S SO SO STRONG, DEEP IN OUR SOUL OF 89 MEN. IT’S REALLY IMMEASURABLE AND HERE YOU ARE, SO LATE AT NIGHT GIVING US LOVE COMING IN.” 23:29:02 3 3 KATHERINE:.. 3 MCCLOUGHLAN SAID AS FOR WHAT’S NEXT — HE’S WORKING TO BE A VOICE FOR VIETNAM VETS. HE ALSO ADDED THAT HE HAD A GREAT TIME IN WASHINGTON…THAT HE WAS TREATED WITH GREAT RESPECT – BUT HE WAS HAPPY TO BE GOING BACK HOME TO SOUTH HAVEN AND GET BACK TO THEIR TWO STANDARD POODLES. 3 3 CASEY:..

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