Awards

If It’s OK for 1969 Actions in Viet Nam Why Not for 1967 Actions Off The Coast of the Sinai Peninsula?

The daily email mail for July 31, 2017, from The White House tells us:

Today at the White House, President Donald J. Trump will award the Medal of Honor to former Specialist Five James C. McCloughan, U.S. Army. McCloughan will receive the Medal of Honor for distinguished actions during 48 hours of close-combat fighting against enemy forces near Don Que, Vietnam, from May 13 to 15, 1969. McCloughan, then 23 years old, voluntarily risked his life on nine separate occasions to rescue wounded and disoriented comrades. He suffered wounds from shrapnel and small arms fire on three separate occasions, but refused medical evacuation to stay with his unit, and continued to brave enemy fire to rescue, treat, and defend wounded Americans.

Nobody disputes the fact that Spec 5 McCloughan deserves the Medal of Honor or that he deserves to be awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House even if his actions took place in Viet Nam 48 years ago.

USS Liberty Commanding Officer Captain William McGonagle was awarded the Medal of Honor during a hastily arranged low-key ceremony at the Washington Naval Shipyard.  And this after the Israelis were asked if they had any issue with Capt. McGonagle being awarded the Medal of Honor.  The Israelis approved the Medal of Honor so the US government went ahead with the ceremony.

We feel that the Medal of Honor should be re-presented to Capt. McGonagle’s family where the ceremony should have been conducted in the first place – in the White House.

If you agree, call the White House and let them know.

White House Comments: 202-456-1111
White House Switchboard: 202-456-1414

  • Joe Meadors

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