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New York Jets Host Medal of Honor Recipient James McCloughan


On September 7, 2017, the New York Jets welcomed Medal of Honor Recipient James C. McCloughan. The team wrote on Twitter, “It was our privilege hosting Medal of Honor recipient James C. McCloughan at practice today.”

McCloughan speaking to Jets players. The organization also wrote on twitter, "Thanks for the inspiration, Doc." (Photo: New York Jets)

This summer, United States Army veteran James C. McCloughan was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Donald J. Trump in a ceremony at the White House. McCloughan received the United States Military’s highest decoration for his incredible valor in the Vietnam War.

In this video, I discuss the life of James McCloughan and the actions that led to him being awarded the Medal of Honor.

On May 13-15, 1969, McClougan was serving as a combat medic with Company C, 3rd Batallion, 21st Infantry, 196th Light Infantry brigade, Americal Division, in the Republic of Vietnam. During 48 hours of intense close combat fighting against enemy forces, McCloughan voluntarily risked his life on nine separate occasions to save wounded and stranded comrades. He is credited with saving the lives of 10 brothers-in-arms.

McCloughan also knows a thing or two about football. He played the sport at Olivet College in Michigan before receiving a draft notice from the Army in 1968. After McCloughan returned home from the Vietnam War, he coached football for 38 years in his home of South Haven, Michigan. McCloughan is a member of the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame.

McCloughan with New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles. (Photo: New York Jets)

The story of James C. McCloughan is one of duty, honor, and country. Every player in the National Football League could learn something from listening to this remarkable man who defended our flag and saved the lives of others. I applaud the New York Jets organization for taking the time to show their team what a true American hero looks like.

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