Medal of Honor for Specialist Five (Ret.) James C. McCloughan

Monday, July 31, 2017

What is it?

Retired Spc. 5 James McCloughan, a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran, is being awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor, during a White House ceremony today at 3:00 p.m. EDT.

President Donald J. Trump will award the Medal of Honor to McCloughan for his actions during combat operations, May 13-15, 1969, in Tam K, Republic of Vietnam.

What has the Army done?

The Office of the Chief of Public Affairs has created a Medal of Honor microsite to pay tribute to the recipients, including McCloughan. Visitors to the mobile-friendly multimedia site can access his biography and read an account of McCloughan’s heroism above and beyond the call of duty.

The White House ceremony will be live streamed from the website and live tweeted from the @USArmy Twitter handle. In addition, the Army has published exclusive content about McCloughan on the official Army Facebook page.

What continued efforts are planned for the future?

In addition to today’s ceremony at the White House, the secretary of defense and Army senior leaders will recognize McCloughan and his family during a Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony at the Pentagon, scheduled for 11 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Aug. 1. The ceremony for McCloughan will be streamed live at the Medal of Honor website.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army’s commitment to its brave men and women does not stop when they transition from the Army uniform to civilian life. McCloughan displayed the attributes of a professional Soldier and embodied the Warrior Ethos. The Army is proud of him and proud to see his professionalism, service and sacrifice being recognized in full view of a new generation.

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