Medal of Honor Recipients 20172018-02-09T15:59:41-05:00

Medal of Honor Recipients

The Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest military honor, bestowed for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. These veterans and service members’ actions bring veterans and service members into the forefront of the national conscious, and we are thankful for them.

James McCloughan, United States Army

President Donald Trump bestows the nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor to retired Army medic James McCloughan during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 31, 2017. McCloughan is credited with saving the lives of members of his platoon nearly 50 years ago in the Battle of Nui Yon Hill in Vietnam. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

On July 31, 2017 President Donald J. Trump awarded the Medal of Honor to former Spc. 5 James McCloughan during a White House ceremony, for his actions during the Vietnam War.

McCloughan, a medic, was one of 89 Soldiers in Company C, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 196th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division who fought on Nui Yon Hill, near the city of Tam Kỳ, from May 13 to 15, 1969.

Within minutes of landing there on May 13, 2,000 enemy soldiers had the unit surrounded and two of the unit’s helicopters were shot down. Seeing a badly wounded Soldier lying in an open field, McCloughan blazed through 100 meters of enemy fire to carry the Soldier to safety.

Throughout the course of the fight, McCloughan suffered multiple wounds but continued to provide medical care to his fallen comrades despite his commanding officer ordering him to leave the fight on a medevac. Over the course of the 3-day firefight, McCloughan rescued 10 American Soldiers and tended to the wounds of countless others.

Gary Rose, United States Army

President Donald Trump bestows the nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, to retired Army Capt. Gary M. Rose, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

On October 23, 2017, President Donald J. Trump awarded Capt. Gary Rose with the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in Laos during the Vietnam War.

During the Vietnam War, Rose served as a combat medic with the Military Assistance Command Studies and Observations Group, part of Special Forces. He was recognized for actions during a four-day period that spanned Sept. 11 through 14, 1970, in Laos. The mission, called “Operation Tailwind,” had for many years been classified.

Upon landing in Laos, the combined American and foreign force was under constant fire. Rose risked his life to rescue a wounded soldier who was stranded outside of the defensive perimeter, shielding the soldier with his own body.

Despite being injured by enemy fire himself, and having to use a branch as a crutch, Rose continued to care for his wounded comrades. By the end of the four-day mission, Rose had treated upwards of 60-70 men and thanks to his efforts, all 16 American soldiers returned home to safety.