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Medal of Honor Recipients
Transcript of Medal of Honor Recipients
They were both Private First Classes at the time.
They both served in the United States Army.
They were both in C Company.
They were both wounded in battle, but they continued to fight regardless.
They both received Purple Hearts and Bronze Stars for their actions.
James C. McCloughan
Kaoru A. Moto
James C. McCloughan
Fought in the Vietnam War
Served as a Combat Medic
He was not discriminated against
Awarded by President Trump on July 31st, 2017
Did not receive the Medal of Honor posthumously
In my opinion, James C. McCloughan 100% deserves the Medal of Honor. He risked his life countless times to save his comrades, showing great valor, honor, and citizenship. He saved his fellow soldiers and citizens who were fighting for him and all of America. It didn't matter what the situation was, he would just run out to save them. He showed courage in disobeying a direct order to stay back in order to rescue his fellow Soldiers. Despite his injuries, McCloughan refused to be evacuated to safety. Instead, he volunteered to be a target with a blinking strobe light in an open field for the nighttime resupply drop, showing courage. He wouldn't let himself leave his brothers. McCloughan was a combat medic, but not only did he take care of his fellow Soldiers, he also fought and eliminated enemy soldiers. He even managed to knock out a rocket propelled grenade position with a grenade.
About The Medal Of Honor
The medal of honor is the highest and most prestigious personal military decoration that a service member can earn. The Medal of Honor is presented to those who show extraordinary gallantry in battle. Engraved on the Medal of Honor is the word "Valor," which represents the soldiers' courage in the face of danger.
About James C. McCloughan
Born: April 30th, 1946, South Haven, Michigan
War: Vietnam War
Rank: Specialist First Class
Job: Combat Medic
Date of Issue: 7/31/2017
About Kaoru A. Moto
Born: April 25th, 1917, Honolulu, Hawaii
War: World War II
Rank: Private First Class
Job: Infantry, stationed as a Foward Scout
Date of Issue: June 21st, 2000
President: George W. Bush
Fought in World War II
Served in an Infantry, and was stationed as a Forward Scout
He was discriminated against for being Japanese-American
Awarded by President George W. Bush on June 21st, 200
Received the Medal of Honor posthumously
Volunteered to serve
I believe that Kaoru Moto greatly deserved his medal. He definitely showed valor when he single-handedly attacked a machine gun nest, then captured an observation post, which was a house. Despite his wounds, he was able prevent the house from being retaken, took out another machine nest, wounding two German soldiers, and injuring the rest. Unfortunately, he didn't receive his medal until June 21st, 2000, nearly 60 years after he performed his act, due to the heavy discrimination Asian-Americans faced at the time, which inevitably caused his nomination to be overlooked. I think where he showed the most patriotism and honor was when he volunteered for the army, for he had to volunteer into an all-nisei (Second Generation Japanese- American) Infantry Regiment. He volunteered despite all the discrimination towards Japanese-Americans, such as placing them in concentration camps after the bombings of Pearl Harbor. His Regiment was forbidden to fight in the Pacific Theater, although there were more German and Italian Americans fighting in the European Theater. Before he was even officially able to join the Army, he had to fill out a questionnaire, which included questions such as, ""Will you swear unqualified allegiance to the United States of America and faithfully defend the United States from any or all attack by foreign or domestic forces, and forswear any form of allegiance or obedience to the Japanese emperor, or any other foreign government, power or organization?" This implied that those volunteers could potentially be in alliance with Japan. Answering "Yes" on questions like these ensured you citizenship, while answering "No" would have put you in prison, whether it was in protest or not. Moto's Regiment went on to be the most decorated Regiment in U.S history, being presented with almost 9,500 Purple Hearts,4,000 Bronze Stars, and eight Presidential Unit Citations. The Infantry Battalion in which Kaoru Moto served in was the 100th, and was nicknamed the "Purple Heart Battalion" due to it's high casualty rate. Overall, his valor and patriotism made him deserving of his award.