D.O.V.E. Fund - Honorary Member, Veteran
John Borman

 SP5 James McCloughan

 U.S. Army

  Medal of Honor Recipient
  D.O.V.E. Fund Supporter

Vietnam veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient James McCloughan was born in South Haven, Michigan on April 30, 1946 but spent his childhood in nearby Bangor where the family moved to run a farm. McCloughan was a four-sport athlete at Bangor High School and went on to wrestle, play football and baseball at Olivet College. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968, McCloughan accepted a teaching and coaching position with South Haven Public Schools. Three months later, at age 22, McCloughan was drafted into the Army and reported for basic training in September 1968 at Fort Knox, Kentucky. After completion of eight weeks of basic training, he was assigned to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, to complete advanced training as a medical specialist.

In March of 1969, McCloughan arrived in Vietnam where he served as a combat medic with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. On May 13-15, 1969, McCloughan was with C Company when they air assaulted into a hot LZ [Landing Zone] near the city of Tam Ky in Quang Nam Province. Almost immediately, the unit came under intense small arms and machine-gun fire which downed two helicopters. McCloughan ran one hundred meters through the gunfire to reach a wounded pilot and carried him back to safety.

Later that day, a C Company platoon was ambushed by a large enemy force and suffered heavy casualties. McCloughan again exposed himself to enemy fire, running into the ambush to pull two soldiers to the safety of a nearby trench. Although wounded by an RPG round during the rescue, he ignored an order to stay back and moved into the fire four more times to save other soldiers. McCloughan refused an evacuation order to stay with the company. The next day, McCloughan was wounded a second time by small arms fire and shrapnel while aiding two wounded soldiers. Facing an attack from three sides by a larger enemy force, McCloughan continued to expose himself to fire to rescue wounded soldiers while fighting to repel the attack. That night, he volunteered to hold a strobe light while under fire to provide a marker for a much-needed resupply drop. He continued to fight and treat the wounded throughout the night until evacuation the next day.

Following his service in Vietnam, McCloughan returned to his teaching and coaching profession at South Haven High School while earning his Masters’ degree from Western Michigan University in 1972. McCloughan was later inducted in the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame and remained at South haven High School until retiring in 2008.

On July 31, 2017, in a White House ceremony, President Donald Trump presented Specialist Fifth Class James McCloughan the Congressional Medal of Honor. On August 21, 2021, McCloughan was named an honorary Board member of the D.O.V.E. Fund.

James McCloughan and his wife Chérie live in South Haven, Michigan




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