In a solemn White House event in July 2017, the United States President Donald Trump has draped the ‘Medal of Honor’ around the neck of James McCloughan, who was praised for saving the lives of ten men in a brutal, days-long war in Vietnam. President Trump told the former Army Medic that “we are in awe of your actions and your bravery.”
On Wednesday, the US President posted a similar photo of that moment with McCloughan’s image replaced by that of a dog.
President Trump tweets, “AMERICAN HERO!” with the picture of the dog he informed has run down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in the Syrian Tunnel ahead of he killed himself. The distinguishing star of the medal was replaced with a paw print.
The Pentagon and President Donald Trump refused to reveal the name of the brave dog, but it became a social media viral after President Trump tweets a picture on October 28. Since then, the brave dog has been the feature of countless memes.
It further crashed with a real-world moment after the conventional site The Daily Wire tweets that image on Tuesday with removing McCloughan.
A watermark for the website appeared in his tweet, but it’s a cropped version that eliminates the credit of the source photo, which is The Associated Press. It might indicate that it started as a legitimate news photo, raised the question of whether President Trump or a staffer knew that James McCloughan has been edited out.
However, the White House spokesperson has declined to comment on the issue.
73-year-old James McCloughan could not be reached for comment.
Jeremy Boreing is the Chief Operating Officer at The Daily Wire, has also dismissed emailed queries about whether the altered picture originated from his publication.
McCloughan has seen the picture as an attempt to indicate the action of the dog in combat, he informed The New York Times.
He continued, “This recognizes the dog is part of that team of brave people.” He informed that he also used to work with military dogs in Vietnam, where they assisted scouts to detect positions of enemy
James McCloughan was 23-years in May 1969, when his unit came under a fierce fire battle in Tam Ky. He was saved by shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade while measuring other soldiers for their wounds, despite his severe injuries. He repeatedly braved enemy firing to carry the injured to safety.
A fellow medic was murdered the next day, he later recounted.
In 2017, he was quoted saying, “I got him, got his body, and now I’m the only medic,” adding that “so I downed my pack near a tree and got all of my pressure bandages out of there and put them in all of the pockets that I had…And now I start going to get men.”
McCloughan has helped to vacate several other soldiers over three hellish days in the combat.
He was the first medic to receive the ‘Medal of Honor’ from President Trump.
A similar picture was tweeted by the US President about 3-hours ago he awarded the ‘Medal of Honor’ to Army Master Sgt. Matthew Williams for his outstanding bravery in Afghanistan.
President Trump basked in the respect of the award to begin the event.
He said, “Noting like it.”