South Haven Vietnam veteran to be honored

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By Paul Garrod-news4garrod@vineyardpress.biz
	James McCloughan, of South Haven, who will be receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor, Monday, July 31,  was a special guest during Armed Forces Day Monday at the Van Buren Youth Fair in Hartford. During the event, McCloughan sang the National Anthem, above, as area military veterans offered a salute.	Courier-Leader photos/Paul Garrod

    HARTFORD - A South Haven man is scheduled to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, from President Donald Trump on Monday, July 31.
    James “Jim” McCloughan  was a special guest during Armed Forces Day on Monday, July 17, at the Van Buren Youth Fair in Hartford. During he event, McCloughan sang the National Anthem.
    McCloughan was drafted into the United States Army in 1968, where he served as a combat medic with the American Division. McCloughan rose to the rank of Specialist Five. In one battle alone, “Doc” McCloughan was credited with saving 10 American lives and one Vietnamese interpreter’s life.
    Specialist McCloughan was highly decorated receiving the Combat Medic Badge; two Purple Hearts; two Bronze Stars with “V” device for valor; The United States Army Valorous Unit Citation; The National Defense Medal; The Good Conduct Medal; The Vietnam Service Medal with three battle stars; The Vietnam Campaign Medal; The Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palms and one oak leaf cluster; and the M-16 Expert Rifle Badge.
    McCloughan was raised in Bangor. He graduated from Olivet College in 1968, with a  bachelor of arts degree in sociology. He earned his master of arts degree from Western Michigan University in 1972.
    Upon returning home in 1970,  McCloughan was a teacher and coach at South Haven High School for 38 years. He taught psychology and sociology while coaching football, wrestling, baseball, and American Legion baseball. He is also a Michigan High School Athletic Association wrestling official and has been selected to referee 18 of the Michigan Individual Wrestling State Finals.
    McCloughan has been chosen for three athletic hall of fames and three Michigan high school coaching hall of fames.
    McCloughan and his wife, the former Cherie Camp, a former resident of Lawrence, have four adult children, six grandchildren.

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