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the honoree is james mcluhan, a medic in the vietnam war. ghan, a medic in the vietnam war. ♪ >> let us gather in the sacred words. no one has greater love than this to lay down one's life for one's friend. let us pray. almighty god, we thank you for the gift of this day, of this , livesnd for all living devoted in service to you, and to our country. our hearts are especially grateful today for the courage, honor, and extraordinary service
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of specialist james mccloughan, whose repeated acts of bravery convey to us a true understanding of the value of .ife as his service demonstrates your faithfulness in unconditional for all humanity, we ask you, lord, continue to inspire and guide others to their own acts of selfless service, and grant us all now hearts eager to seek your will and all ask that serve to preserve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. amen. >> thank you very much. please be seated. thank you, chaplin hurley. , secretarynuchin
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,attis, secretary scholten senator stabenow, congressman upton, members of the armed forces, thank you for joining us as we award our nation's highest military honor to specialist five james c lewin --mccloughan. tribute to a veteran who went above and beyond call of duty, to protect our comrades, our country, and our freedom. joining jim today is his wife sherry, his brothers mike and tom, his sons jamie and matt, and many other members of his very large and beautiful family. we are also gratified to be joined by eight previous medal of honor recipients. standim's name will
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forever alongside theirs in our history and in our hearts. i want to take a few minutes to tell you about jim and how he legends.is place among jim was raised in bangor, michigan. his father built their house from scratch and worked 40 years at a piano factory. jim's dad taught him a simple but powerful lesson. never do anything halfway. always do your best. jim took that lesson very much to heart. he played for four varsity sports in high school and three in college. in august of 1968, jim was drafted into the army. within six months, he was trained as a medic, and arrived in vietnam.
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ofht away, jim poured all himself into his duties, treating the sick and wounded. before long, all his fellow soldiers called him doc. 13, 1969, less than three months after he arrived, jim was one of 89 men in charlie company to embarq on a mission to secure a transportation route near non-young. as jim and his men jumped out of the helicopter, it quickly became clear they were .urrounded by enemy troops within minutes, two choppers were shot down and one of his men was badly wounded in the middle of an open field. jim did not hesitate. he blazed through 100 meters of enemy fire to carry the wounded, and the soldier to safety.
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but this was only the first of many heroic deeds jim would perform over the next 48 hours. after attempting to the first wounded soldier, jim joined a mission to advance toward the enemy. and advance they did. before long, they were ambushed. again, he ran into danger to rescue his men. ,s he cared for two soldiers shrapnel from a rocket propelled grenade slashed open the back of foot.body, from head to yet, that terrible wound did not stop jim from pulling those men to safety, nor did it stop him from answering the plea of another wounded comrade, and caring him to safety atop his only badly injured body. he was badly injured. after shot,nt, shot
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blast upon blast, as one of his comrades recalled -- you ever dic could immediately count on mccloughan. he is a brave guy. as day turn to dust, nearly all of those who could, and really, really had to make it back, they were finally within their night defensive position, except for one soldier whose plea jim could not ignore. doc did not hesitate, crawled through a rice paddy thick with steel rain. that means bullets all over the place. as soldiers watched him, they were sure that was the last time they would see doc. they thought that was the end of their friend jim. after several minutes passed, jim emerged him the smoke and fire carrying yet another soldier.
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he immediately badgered and fixed and worked, but he got the moons fixed and lifted the soldier to a medevac helicopter. his lieutenant ordered jim to get in, too. get in, he said, get in. jim refused and said, you are going to need me here. as jim now says, i would have rather died on the battlefield than know that men died because they did not have a medic. over the next 24 hours, jim fired at enemy soldiers, suffered a bullet wound to his arm, and continued to race into gunfire to save more and more lives. and yet, as night approached again, afternoon a two days of no food, no water, and no rest, jim volunteered to hold a blinking light in an open field
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to signal for a supply drop. he would not yield, he would not rest, he would not stop. and he would not flinch in the face of sure death and definite danger. and though he was thousands of miles away from home, it was as if the strength and pride of our whole nation was beating inside of jim's heart. jim did what his father taught him. he gave it his all, and then he just kept giving. in those 48 hours, jim rescued 10 american soldiers and tended to countless others. he was one of 32 men who fought until the end. they held their ground against more than 2000 enemy troops. jim, i know i speak for every person here when i say that we
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are in awe of your actions and bravery. let me tell you one thing, and one more story about jim. on the second day of that bloody soldiers, found a few and a fellow soldier who had been shot badly in the stomach. he knew the soldier would not make it if he flung him on his back, so he lifted him up and carried him in his arms. as jim was caring the soldier, a thought flashed through his mind. although jim had always been close to his father, he realized that it was not since he had been a young boy that he had told his dad those three very simple but beautiful words, i love you. in that moment, jim offered up a prayer. god, if you get me out of this hell on earth, so i can
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tell my dad i love him, i will be the best coach and the best father you can ever ask for. as he prayed, a great peace came over him, and if it was god's will or him to live, he keeps his promise to god as soon as he had the chance. jim made it out of that hell on earth. he made it. here he is. and the first thing he did when he arrived back on american soil was to say those beautiful words , i love you, dad. i love you. jim said those words over and over again for the next 22 years , until the last time he saw his father, the night before his dad passed on. today, i would venture to say his dad is the proudest father in heaven. andfought with all the love courage in his soul, he was
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repaired to lay down his life so that his brothers in arms could live theirs. with us today are 10 of the men who fought alongside jim, and .ive of those he saved to bill, randy, mike, joe, kent, robert, john, charles, michael, restis, thank you for your service and sacrifice. stand up wherever you may be. where are you? where are you? where are you? [applause]
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>> thank you, fellas. that's great. for over two centuries, our brave men and women in uniform have overcome tyranny, fascism, communism, and every threat to our freedom -- every single threat they have overcome. and we have overcome these likets because of titans jim whose spirit could never be conquered. that is what this award is, and well.life represents so america's unbreakable spirit. jim's been 48 years since battle in vietnam. he is now a husband, father, and grandfather. he coached high school, football, wrestling, and baseball or 38 years, just like he said he would. and he brought together every member that he could find of his beloved charlie company.
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too many people in this room, specialist five mccloughan has always been their friend jim. to others, he has been coach. to those who bravely served with there vietnam, he still doc. to his parents, scotty and margaret, both watching from heaven, he will always be there son. today, 320 million grateful american hearts, private mccloughan carries one immortal title, and that title is hero. wecialist five mccloughan, honor you, we salute you, and with god as your witness, we thank you for what you did for all of us. now, i would like the military
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aid to come forward and read the citation. >> the president of the united states of america. authorized by act of congress, march 3, 1863, has awarded in the name of congress the medal of honor to private first class , united mccloughan states army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity, at risk for his life and above kill for duty. private first class c. mccloughan fisting which himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call throughfrom may 13
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15th, 1969. all serving as a conduct medic with charlie company third 196alion, 21st infantry, light infantry brigade. america held division. company air assaulted into an area near -- on may 13, with complete disregard for his life, he ran 100 meters in an open field through heavy fire to rescue a comrade too injured to move, and carried him to safety. that same day, second platoon was ordered to search the area when a platoon was ambushed by a large north vietnamese army force and sustained heavy casualties. with complete disregard for his life and personal safety, private first class mccloughan led to the evil >> he ignored a direct order to
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step back. he went to the kill zone on for more occasions to extract more comments. it prepared the evacuation and although bleeding heavily from shrapnel wounds on his head and body refused and evacuation to safety to remain with his fellow soldiers on the battle site. their heavily outnumbered by the vietnamese soldiers. on may 14, the platoon was moved out to the hill. was wounded aghan second time from a rocket propelled grenade while soldiers.aid to two second north from vietnamese army division and an element of 700 soldiers from a viet cong regiment descended on charlie company's position on
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three sides. mccloughanst class went into the crossfire to extract wounded soldiers while also fighting the enemy. his relentless and courageous action inspired and motivated .is comrades steadfast while those landed all around him and rocket propelled grenades glue over his body. during the morning darkness of may 15, private first class mccloughan knocked out a rocket with a propelled grenade and thought enemy soldiers and -- numerousess casualties.
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he organized the dead and wounded four evacuation at daylight. timely and courageous actions were instrumental in saving the lives of his fellow soldiers. private first class mccloughan's personal heroism and professional competence and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest tradition of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the united states. army. [applause]
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>> bless us now lord as we depart our separate ways. ,any memory of this occasion may our participation here unite us in passion for service for
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all of our members of our military and our country. renew us in spirit and send us forth with your piece. amen. amen. president trump: jim, god bless you, cut the your family, god bless the united states of god bless your family, god bless the united states of america. thank you. [applause]
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>> you see live pictures from the white house. we are expected to go back for the white house press briefing, that will begin shortly with press secretary sarah huckabee sanders. we will have it for you here on c-span. in the meantime, a portion of this morning caused washington journal. with the group third way, lanae erickson hatalsky, their vice president for social policy and