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Old 07-31-2017, 02:31 PM
 
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Does anyone know why it took 48 years for James McCloughan of the US Army to be given the Congressional Medal of Honor for "conspicuous gallantry during the Vietnam War.?

How was it brought up to nominate him after all those year?

Who nominated him?

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Old 07-31-2017, 02:43 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Does anyone know why it took 48 years for James McCloughan of the US Army to be given the Congressional Medal of Honor for "conspicuous gallantry during the Vietnam War.?

How was it brought up to nominate him after all those year?

Who nominated him?

Thanks
"In 2009, McCloughan's former platoon leader revived his Distinguished Service Cross nomination, and then-Secretary of Defense Ash Carter recommended that it be upgraded to the Medal of Honor, America's highest military honor, in 2016.[4] On 23 December 2016, then-President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which included legislation allowing for a waiver to the five-year time limit on Medal of Honor awards.[6] Then-Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning signed his Medal of Honor certificate on 27 December,[7] and on 13 June 2017, the White House announced that McCloughan would receive his award from President Donald Trump on 31 July, "

Pretty much the entire story is spelled out here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_McCloughan

Further reading:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...edal-of-honor/

Vietnam veteran to receive Medal of Honor five decades later, after an act of Congress
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Old 07-31-2017, 02:58 PM
 
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Thanks Poncho.
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Old 07-31-2017, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Does anyone know why it took 48 years for James McCloughan of the US Army to be given the Congressional Medal of Honor for "conspicuous gallantry during the Vietnam War.?

How was it brought up to nominate him after all those year?

Who nominated him?

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Glad to see fellow AMEDD medic finally receive his just due.
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Old 07-31-2017, 06:37 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Does anyone know why it took 48 years for James McCloughan of the US Army to be given the Congressional Medal of Honor for "conspicuous gallantry during the Vietnam War.?

How was it brought up to nominate him after all those year?

Who nominated him?

Thanks
He's my cousin.

He went home & got on with life. He was told that he'd be getting a medal, but, apparently, his commanding officer never put in the paperwork. I used to write him, when he was in 'Nam & knew he'd been shot up. Didn't know the details.

I don't know all of the more current details, but a congressman & a senator pushed it through & Ash Carter upgraded it.
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Old 07-31-2017, 06:42 PM
 
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He's my cousin.

He went home & got on with life. He was told that he'd be getting a medal, but, apparently, his commanding officer never put in the paperwork. I used to write him, when he was in 'Nam & knew he'd been shot up. Didn't know the details.

I don't know all of the more current details, but a congressman & a senator pushed it through & Ash Carter upgraded it.
Thank You Southbound. It was great watching him being honored.
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Old 07-31-2017, 10:19 PM
 
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wonder who down graded his DSC to a bronze star...........which is now the MOH.....


Salute soldier.........you earned the MOH....

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Old 07-31-2017, 10:26 PM
 
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Thank You Southbound. It was great watching him being honored.
You're welcome. I was happy to see the pictures of his parents on the network coverage. They were my favorite aunt & uncle.

It's probably just as well that he didn't get the medal when he was supposed to. Ash Carter said that the medal that he was told that he would get all of those years ago was wrong, that it should be the Congressional Medal of Honor. It all worked out in the end.
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Old 07-31-2017, 10:30 PM
 
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wonder who down graded his DSC to a bronze star...........which is now the MOH.....


Salute soldier.........you earned the MOH....
It was my understanding that the bronze star was separate & he was told that he'd get the DSC but never did.

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Old 08-01-2017, 08:46 AM
 
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It was my understanding that the bronze star was separate & he was told that he'd get the DSC but never did.



I see. Thank you for sharing this story about your uncle. I am sure he was a very special person.......beyond his apparent bravery and compassion for his fellow soldiers.
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