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Medal of Honor recipient James McCloughan to be keynote speaker at seperate events

After West Michigan native James McCloughan received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump, the South Haven former Army medic has been tapped to be the keynote speaker at separate events.

McCloughan will first speak at this year's Illinois State Fair Veterans and Gold Star Family Day, while in September, McCloughan will be the keynote speaker at LZ Michigan's Welcoming Our Veterans Home event at Fifth Third Ballpark.

President Donald Trump presented James McCloughan with the Medal of Honor at the White House on July 31. The Army medic saved the lives of 10 wounded soldiers during a Vietnam War battle that stretched over two days, despite his own serious wounds. He is the first Medal of Honor recipient under Trump.

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs says that the 71-year-old McCloughan will speak Aug. 13 at 12 p.m. at the state fair. It will be his first speaking engagement in Illinois since receiving the honor. IDVA director Erica Jeffries says McCloughan will speak to Illinoisans who served in the same division with him in Vietnam. 

The LZ Michigan event is scheduled for September 23rd. LZ Michigan is sponsored in part by WGVU. 

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