Late last year, former Spc. Jim McCloughan was close enough to taste it. After then-President Obama signed a provision included in the annual defense authorization bill, McCloughan was cleared to receive the Medal of Honor.
But the White House was in the midst of a transition to the Trump administration, and so McCloughan’s award fell by the wayside for several months, until it could be signed by the acting Army secretary and the new president.
Then, on May 25, he got the call, McCloughan told Army Times in a Thursday interview. He was told to be by the phone the following Tuesday afternoon.