Army medic, 71, awarded medal of honor 48 years after war

An army medic was finally awarded the Medal of Honor on Monday almost 50 years after risking his life in the Vietnam war. 

James McCloughan, 71, received the accolade in a White House ceremony on Monday. 

He was 23 when, as a private first class, he ran in to the line of fire during the Battle of Nui Yon Hill, a bloody, two-day fight, to save 10 other soldiers including one Vietnamese on May 19, 1969.

On Monday, President hailed him as 'a veteran who went above and beyond the call of duty to protect our comrades, our country and our freedom'. 

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James McCloughan was awarded the Medal of Honor on Monday by President Donald Trump 

James McCloughan was awarded the Medal of Honor on Monday by President Donald  

Five of the men McCloughan saved in Vietnam were present for the ceremony on Monday. 

He is the first person to be awarded the medal by President

Speaking of his bravery, said: 'Jim did not hesitate. He blazed through 100 meters of enemy fire to carry the wounded... to safety.

'It was as if the strength and the pride of our whole nation were beating inside Jim's heart. He just kept on going.' 

McCloughan, who is from Michigan, was previously awarded several other medals but it took a change in the law by former President Obama for him to finally receive the Medal of Honor. 

Before the change, the relevant act had to have happened within three years of a person being recommended for the medal and the award had to be given within five years of it. 

Congress did away with the time limit before Obama departed the White House.  

The ceremony took place in the East Room on Monday. Five of the people he saved in Vietnam were present 

The ceremony took place in the East Room on Monday. Five of the people he saved in Vietnam were present 

McCloughan was emotional at times and gave a passionate salute for the cameras once the ceremony was over

McCloughan was emotional at times and gave a passionate salute for the cameras once the ceremony was over

McCloughan was emotional at times and gave a passionate salute for the cameras once the ceremony was over 

The 71-year-old is the first person to be given the medal since President took office 

The Michigan native was just 23 when he served as a medic in the war in Vietnam 

On Monday, McLoughan, who became a high school teacher in Michigan after returning from the war, was emotional as President placed the long-awaited medal around his

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