Medic who saved 10 lives during Vietnam War battle awarded Medal of Honor

South Haven man to receive Medal of Honor on Monday. (FILE)

WASHINGTON D.C. (WWMT) - A Michigan man credited for saving 10 lives during the Vietnam War was awarded the Medal of Honor Monday.

Watch the video above to see the full ceremony.


During 10 hours of brutal combat in the Vietnam War, Jim McCloughan is credited with saving the lives of 10 United States soldiers as a medic.

"It's my theme for this medal, that it came out of love,” said McCloughan.

Despite McCloughan’s own injuries, he refused to leave the fight.

"This isn't a lucky thing,” said McCloughan. “This is about a group of men that just wouldn't give up."

"I would rather be dead, than to leave on that helicopter and find out days, weeks, months later, that somebody died because they didn't have a medic,” said McCloughan.

Cherie, who is with him now in Washington D.C., offered support and advice for her husband as he receives the medal of honor.

"I say to him, ‘embrace this Jim,’” said Cherie. “You are a hero. And, I think America needs our heroes. We have heroes around us every day. They're everywhere."

His actions have earned him the Medal of Honor, but for McCloughan, this medal is not about himself

"This medal is for the 89 [soldiers] that went in, whether they came out or they didn't," said McCloughan.

President Trump will award McCloughan the Medal of Honor on Monday at 3 p.m. Newschannel 3 will have coverage of the ceremony from Washington D.C.

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