Trump awards the Medal of Honor to a heroic medic from the Vietnam War

President Donald Trump on Monday presented the nation's highest award for battlefield valor to Spc-5 Jim McCloughan for the former Army medic's actions during the Vietnam War.

In a ceremony at The White House, Trump told the story of how McCloughan (pronounced Mc-Lew-En) rescued 10 of his fellow soldiers during 48 hours of intense combat in May 1969.

"Jim did what his father had taught him. He gave it his all, and he just kept giving," Trump said. "He would not yield. He would not rest. He would not stop. And he would not flinch in the face of death and definite danger."

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U.S. President Donald Trump awards the Medal of Honor to James McCloughan, who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S. July 31, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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U.S. President Donald Trump applauds after awarding the Medal of Honor to James McCloughan, who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S. July 31, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands after awarding the Medal of Honor to James McCloughan, who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S. July 31, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump walks with James McCloughan, who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, before awarding him the Medal of Honor at the White House in Washington, U.S. July 31, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump awards the Medal of Honor to James McCloughan, who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S. July 31, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway takes her seat before a Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 31, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump awards the Medal of Honor to James McCloughan, who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S. July 31, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
A military aide holds the Medal of Honor before U.S. President Donald Trump awarded it to James McCloughan, who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S. July 31, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 31: Former Army Specialist James McCloughan of South Haven, Michigan, is presented with the Medal of Honor by U.S. President Donald Trump during an East Room ceremony at the White House July 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. McCloughan is awarded with the medal for his heroic acts as a combat medic during the Vietnam War. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Outgoing White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer looks on during a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 31, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 31: U.S. President Donald Trump presents the Medal of Honor to former Army Specialist James McCloughan of South Haven, Michigan, during an East Room ceremony at the White House July 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. McCloughan is awarded with the medal for his heroic acts as a combat medic during the Vietnam War. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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As a private first class, McCloughan and 89 other men in his unit were involved in an air assault near Tam Ky and Nui Yon Hill on May 13, 1969. Two helicopters were shot down by the North Vietnamese almost immediately.

"It quickly became clear that they were surrounded by enemy troops," Trump said. With "complete disregard for his own life," he ran 100 meters through an open field to rescue a wounded soldier, according to the award citation.

McCloughan was wounded twice during the two-day mission, in which he repeatedly braved enemy fire to rescue his comrades. Later in the battle, he refused medical evacuation and, when supplies ran low, volunteered to guide helicopters into the area at night by using a blinking strobe light, even as "bullets landed all around him."

Besides rescuing his comrades and tending to their wounds, McCloughan also took out an enemy rocket-propelled grenade position and other enemy soldiers during the mission.

You can watch the ceremony here.

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