Vietnam vet from South Haven recommended for Medal of Honor

Vietnam vet from South Haven recommended for Medal of Honor


3 HE’S BEST KNOWN IN SOUTH HAVEN AS A LONG-TIME TEACHER AND COACH. COACH. BUT TONIGHT, FORMER US ARMY MEDIC PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JIM MCCLOUGHAN IS A STEP CLOSER TO BECOME THE RECIPIENT OF THE MILITARY’S HIGHEST HONOR — THE MEDAL OF HONOR. 24 HOUR NEWS 8’S KEN KOLKER JOINS US NOW WITH MORE. 3 THE FORMER ARMY PRIVATE FIRST CLASS MEDIC DOESN’T CONSIDER HIMSELF A HERO, DESPITE SAVING 10 SOLDIERS EVEN AFTER HE’D BEEN INJURED HIMSELF. 3 18:50:09 (2) WE’RE GOING IN REALLY BLIND.MCCLOUGHAN WAS ONE OF TWO MEDICS, AMONG 89 MEN GOING UP AGAINST 2000 OR MORE ENEMY SOLDIERS.THE BATTLE OF NUI YON HILL ON MAY 13-15, 1969.HE WENT IN BY HELICOPTER, UNDER HEAVY FIRE AND ALMOST IMMEDIATELY RESCUED AN INJURED SOLDIER.18:52:12 (9) I GOT HIM ACROSS MY SHOULDERS. WEAVING ALONG THE WAY SO WE DIDN’T GET HIT BY THE ENEMY.THE FIRST NIGHT, MCCLOUGHAN WAS HIT BY SCHRAPNEL FROM A ROCKET PROPELLED GRENADE.18:53:09 (8) IN THE BACK, FROM HEAD TO FOOT IN THE BACK, AND I WAS ACTUALLY DRAGGING TWO MEN OFF A BURM AND INTO A TRENCH LINE WHEN THAT HAPPENED.”HIS LIEUTENANT TOLD HIM TO GET ON THE NEXT HELICOPTER OUT. 18:54:03 (10) I KNEW THAT I’D GOTTEN HIT, BECAUSE I COULD FEEL THE PAIN, BUT I WAS SO BUSY DOING WHAT I HAD TO DO AND THE ADRENALINE WAS FLOWING, THAT I REALLY DIDN’T KNOW HOW BADLY I WAS HIT.”BUT HE REFUSED TO LEAVE.18:59:05 (12) I KNEW THAT THEY WERE GOING TO NEED ME. I WASN’T GOING TO LEAVE MY MEN. NOPE. I THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE MY LAST DAY ON EARTH THOUGH.”19:00:22 (14) I DID HAVE TO GO OUT AND BRING MEN IN, BUT I WAS ALSO COVERED BY MACHINE GUNNERS, THEY COVERED ME WELL, WE GOT SOME GOOD HELP FROM AIR SUPPORT, WE HAD THE NAVY OUT ON THE CHINA SEA SHOOTING THEIR BIG GUNS IN ON TOP OF THE ENEMY.”AFTER 48 HOURS, THEY LEFT THE MISSION, WITH JUST 32 FIGHTING MEN. 12 HAD DIED, ONE WAS MISSING, THE OTHERS INJURED.HE WAS HIT A SECOND TIME BY SCHRAPNEL. 18:55:34 (8) I GOT SHOT RIGHT HERE IN TEH ARM WITH AN AK47 AND I ACTUALLY STITCHED THAT. I DIDN’T DO TOO BAD.HE WAS CREDITED WITH RESCUING 10 MEN, AND A VIETNAMESE INTERPRETER. 19:02:28 (4) DRAGGED THEM OR CARRIED THEM, WHATEVER WAY I COULD GET THEM BACK IN.”HE RECEIVED A LOT OF MILITARY AWARDS, BUT NOT THE ONE HIS UNCLE BELIEVED HE DESERVED==DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS. AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF PUSHING, WITH SUPPORT FROM FELLOW SOLDIERS, THE U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DECIDED THAT WASN’T ENOUGH. HE RECOMMENDED HIM FOR THE MEDAL OF HONOR.19:05:56 (5) KKO: YOU LOOK LIKE THERE’S STILL SOME EMOTION THERE. OH YEAH. YEAH. CUZ THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE I COULDN’T SAVE.”19:17:23 (16) I’M NOT A HERO. I JUST DID MY JOB. I’M NOT A HERO., THERE’S A BUNCH OF HEROES THERE, A BUNCH OF HEROES. YOU KNOW ANY VETERAN WILL TELL YOU THE REAL HEROES, THEY’RE NOT HERE WITH US.” 3 3 THE MEDAL OF HONOR CAN ONLY BE AWARDED WITHIN 5 YEARS OF AN ACT OF HEROISM. HOWEVER, THE LEGISLATION PASSED THE HOUSE LAST WEEK AND PASSED THE SENATE TODAY TO WAIVE THAT FOR HIM. MICHIGAN SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW PUSHED THE BILL THROUGH CONGRESS, THE LEGISLATION NOW HEADS TO THE PRESIDENT’S DESK TO BE SIGNED. 3 QUESTION: SO, AFTER ALL THAT, HE DOESN’T CONSIDER HIMSELF A HERO?KKO: NO, BUT HIS WIFE TELLS A STORY ABOUT HOW THEY RE-CONNECTED A FEW YEARS AGO WITH ONE OF THE MEN HE RESCUED…A GUY WHO’D BEEN SHOT THROUGH THE SHOULDER…THAT MAN’S GRANDSON WAS THERE AND ASKED, IS HE THE ONE WHO RESCUED POPS?

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