Medal of Honor recipient James McCloughan to speak at the Heritage Museum

Published by Heritage Museum

Thursday 12th of October 2017

St. Joseph, MI

ST. JOSEPH, MI – The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center proudly presents a special public presentation by James McCloughan, “The Role of the Combat Medic,” on Thursday, October 12, at 6:30pm. Earlier this year, McCloughan was honored as recipient of the National Medal of Honor for acts of valor during the Vietnam War. Admission to the program is free; a suggested donation of $5 will help support the mission of the Heritage Museum.

In 1969, then-Private First Class James McCloughan was serving as one of two medics in the 89-man Charlie Company. The group came under fire from an estimated 2,000 enemy soldiers. During the subsequent two-day Battle of Nui Yon Hill, McCloughan braved heavy enemy gunfire to rescue and provide medical care to his fellow service members. McCloughan refused to leave the battle, fighting through shrapnel and gunfire wounds and continued to serve Charlie Company for the remainder of the battle. For his efforts during his service, he received multiple awards, including the Combat Medical Badge, two Purple Hearts, the U.S. Army Valorous Unit Citation and the National Defense Medal.

Late last year, through a special act of Congress lifting a time limit, McCloughan was authorized to receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Vietnam War, the highest national honor given to Armed Forces members. McCloughan demonstrated extraordinary heroism and courage under fire during the Battle of Nui Yon Hill. He went above and beyond the call of duty throughout his military service to aid his comrades, and the fellow service members' lives he saved at great personal risk are a testament to his bravery.

A lifelong resident of South Haven, McCloughan went on to serve in a distinguished career as a teacher and coach at South Haven High School. He has received statewide honors for his coaching accomplishments and received the Michigan Education Association’s 40 years of Service Award upon his retirement from teaching in 2008. He has also been active locally in Lest We Forget.

The Heritage Museum is located at 601 Main Street in St. Joseph, Michigan, at the beautiful Priscilla U. Byrns Center. Admission to all exhibits is free. For more information, call the Heritage Museum at 269-983-1191 or visit