Almost 50 years later, an American hero is finally getting his due for an act of bravery.
On Monday President Trump awarded the Medal of Honor, the U.S. Military's highest honor, to Army medic James C. McCloughan. It was the first of the medals President Trump handed out, and it couldn't have gone to anyone more deserving.
McCloughan became an unlikely hero when his company, Charlie Company, was ambushed and surrounded by Vietnamese soldiers in 1969. The company was attacked over and over, and their helicopters were shot down.
To make things even worse, the company's only other medic was killed, meaning 23-year-old McCloughan was responsible for all the men in Charlie Company. For 3 days he went without food or water, working to rescue and protect his fellow soldiers.
“He would not yield. He would not rest. He would not stop. And he would not flinch in the face of sure death and definite danger,” President Trump said during the ceremony.
“Though he was thousands of miles from home, it was as if the strength and pride of our whole nation was beating inside Jim’s heart.”
But the worst was yet to come for McCloughan.
Find out how McCloughan survived the ambush on the next page!