Irish Troops & The Medal of Honor

H/T War History OnLine.

 An estimated 2,021 of those Medals of Honor have gone to Irish American recipients.           

McCloughan was awarded the Medal of Honor for distinguished actions as a combat medic assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 196th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, during the Vietnam War near Don Que, Vietnam, from May 13 to 15, 1969. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alicia Brand)

19 men have so far been awarded the medal twice, and of these, five were born in Ireland.

On July 31, 2017, during a concise but poignant White House ceremony, President Donald Trump hosted the first Medal of Honor presentation of his administration. It was in this event that the most recent Irish American to receive America’s most prestigious military decoration emerged.

“I know I speak for everyone here when I say we are in awe of your actions and your bravery,” the President said, referring to the recipient, who stood stoically just a few feet from him

James C. McCloughan, aged 73 and a retired high school teacher, received the Medal of Honor for “acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty” as an Army medic 48 years earlier near Tam Ky and Nui Yon Hill during the Vietnam War.

During the 48 hour period of close combat, then-23 year old McCloughan repeatedly jumped into the rain of gunfire to save his comrades, getting injured on numerous occasions, and ignoring direct orders to stop going into the Kill Zone.

McCloughan in front of the 22nd Replacement Bn Snack Bar in 1969

With his recognition and award, McCloughan did not become simply the latest Irish American to receive the Medal. His award also drew attention to one of the fascinating facts about the Medal of Honor: a disproportionate number of its recipients have Irish roots.

The most distinguished military honor of the United States of America, created during the Civil War and first awarded in 1863, the Medal of Honor has been awarded 3,525 times to date. Indeed, this is a rather minute percentage of the millions of people that have served the US in combat, and it illustrates how sparingly the Medal of Honor gets awarded.

Acting Secretary of the U.S. Army Robert M. Speer presents a citation to former Spc. 5 James C. McCloughan during the Medal of Honor Induction Ceremony at the Pentagon, in Arlington, Va., Aug. 1, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alicia Brand)

Out of this pint-sized percentage, an estimated 2,021 of those Medals of Honor have gone to Irish American recipients.

That’s a staggering 57 percent.

Although the award is only meant for personnel of the US Armed Forces, US citizenship is not always a prerequisite to serving in the US military. As a result, thirty-three countries are represented in over 500 foreign-born recipients of the Medal of Honor. This may not come so much as a surprise, but out of these foreign-born recipients, 257 are Irish-born, representing about half of the people in this category.

Even better, 19 men have so far won the medal twice, and of these, five were born in Ireland: Henry Hogan, John Laverty, John Cooper, John King, and Patrick Mullen. Also among these 19 double medal recipients are three Irish Americans: Daniel Daly, John McCloy, and John Joseph Kelly.

McCloughan receiving the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump on 31 July 2017

The first Irish American to receive the Medal of Honor was Private Michael Madden for his heroism during the Civil War. He swam with a wounded comrade, while under heavy enemy fire, to successfully take the injured soldier across to a branch of the Potomac to the safety of the Union lines.

Undoubtedly, one of the most remarkable Irish recipients of the Medal of Honor is Michael Dougherty of Falcarragh in County Donegal, Ireland, who fought in the 13th Pennsylvania Cavalry of the Union Army during the Civil War. 

He received the Medal of Honor for leading a charge against a hidden Confederate detachment at Jefferson, Virginia, foiling what would have led to the flanking of the Union forces, and preventing a potential loss of about 2,500 lives.

President Donald J. Trump presents the Medal of Honor to Specialist Five James C. McCloughan.July 31, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Dougherty was captured along with 126 others from his unit. He spent 23 months in prison, ultimately arriving at the dreaded Andersonville POW camp in Georgia. Dougherty was the sole survivor from his unit, but he was reduced to a mere skeleton, “more dead than alive.”

He managed to get aboard the steamship Sultana which had over 2,000 people aboard, six times its acceptable capacity. As the ship dragged on across the Mississippi, its boilers exploded and the ship was ripped apart, with its passengers getting flung into the river. Only 900 managed to survive the incident, and among these was Dougherty, who somehow managed to swim to a small island before help came.

James C. McCloughan, the recipient of the Medal of Honor, poses for a portrait with the medal in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Aug. 1, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Monica King)

Amazed by his impeccable story of bravery and survival, John J. Concannon referred to him as “Super Survivor” Michael Dougherty in his article for the website The Wild Geese.

Whether it is inherently Irish traits or just coincidence that explains why the Medal of Honor list is dominated by Irish blood, this fact has become something in which the Irish can’t help but revel. In a bid to explain why the Irish have dominated the Medal of Honor list, James McCloughan made reference to Irish history and culture.

A plaque bears former U.S. Army Spc. 5 James C. McCloughan’s name during his Medal of Honor Induction Ceremony at the Pentagon, in Arlington, Va., Aug. 1, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alicia Brand)

“If you go back to the culture of the Irish you know we’ve been fighting each other and fighting the Scottish and so on and so forth for years and years and years,” he said.

According to him, his own family has a military history that dates all the way back to the Picts, who lived in Scotland in the early medieval period.

“You learn to stick up for your rights and the rights of others,” said the Vietnam War veteran. “When you go into the service, maybe you are thinking about serving your country but I’m going to tell you what once you get there you [are] just worried about surviving and then helping as many of your brothers survive as possible.”

Border Patrol Union President: Proposal To Release Illegal Aliens In Release Illegal Aliens‘Brilliant’ & Legal

H/T Godfather Politics.

I hope President Trump follows through with this plan.

 

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said today that it is “absolutely legal” for the federal government to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities.

“It’s absolutely legal. But I’m going to get beaten up by the hard left for this comment. But this is actually a brilliant move on the president’s part.”

Watch below:

 

Daily Caller:

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd claimed Sunday that it is “absolutely legal” for the federal government to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities. 

Judd argued during a “Fox & Friends” segment that President Donald Trump’s proposed plan to do just that was “brilliant” and should have been cheered by people on both sides.

“It’s absolutely legal,” Judd explained. “But I’m going to get beaten up by the hard left for this comment. But this is actually a brilliant move on the president’s part.”

Judd went on to detail the “two layers” he saw at work in the proposed plan. More

I really thought sanctuary cities would be ecstatic to have illegals in their towns. I hope Trump dumps the 100K per month illegals into sanctuary cities and finds a way to keep them there.

The Democrat goal is not to collect all of the illegal invaders in their town to care for. Their goal is to flood red states with them and to take over America.

Eric Moore@EricMoo91919605

Let’s check Wanderu for Greyhound, Boltbus, or Megabus, they’re waiting to book a ticket and the illegals can experience an adventure in comfort. Plus they can compare prices to find the sanctuary city with the most free benefits and don’t forget Amtrak! https://dailycaller.com/2019/04/14/border-patrol-legal-drop-illegals-sanctuary-cities/ 

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frank romano@frankro61647629

I find it completely hypocritical why all of a sudden the leftists are now attempting to turn away the illegal aliens that they so much loved last week. Perhaps the thought of actually living with them has changed their mind https://dailycaller.com/2019/04/14/border-patrol-legal-drop-illegals-sanctuary-cities/  via @dailycaller

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Mark Oster, Patriot ⚽ 🦅@SoCalMarkO

San Francisco
Los Angeles
Malibu
San Jose
Long Beach
Downey
San Bernardino
————– All cities STRAPPED for cash already
I LOVE IT

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TweethBeTold@MileWilde

This needs to happen. The liberals invited them. Seems appropriate for them to be their host.

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Jamie@jamiecoleman57

President Obama sent buses to Pennsylvania and Maine. It was ok then cause I’m sure he checked. It’s the best idea yet. Who better to take them?

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marccarpenter@marccarpenter3

I’ve heard people say it’s illegal, but I’ve seen no law quoted that shows that to be true.
They have to be placed SOMEWHERE, and Obama proposed the same idea, dropping illegals in Georgia because Sen Sessions opposed his immigration plans.
Funny how no one cared when he did it.

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James Woods Goes Beast Mode, Exposes How Trump Shredded Dems’ Sanctuary City Narrative to Bits

H/T Flag And Cross.

JamesWoods has a straight forward no nonsense take no prisoners attitude toward the left.

GAME OVER!

Conservative actor James Woods calls it like he sees it.

When Democrats do something silly, Woods is quick to let them know – which makes him very active on Twitter.

With a bunch of quick tweets on Saturday afternoon, Woods exposed how President Trump annihilated the Democrats’ narrative on “sanctuary cities.”

Check this out…

Trump is the toughest President we’ve had since Harry Truman. He takes the fight right to the enemy. If he dumps the invaders in the #Democrats’ backyards, they’re going to be doing some serious thinking about whether hijacking America with illegal votes is worth it. Great move.

James Woods

@RealJamesWoods

Trump is the toughest President we’ve had since Harry Truman. He takes the fight right to the enemy. If he dumps the invaders in the ’ backyards, they’re going to be doing some serious thinking about whether hijacking America with illegal votes is worth it. Great move.

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#Pelosi, whose personal abode is a walled fortress, doesn’t want the invading swarm in her district, of course. Firstly she’s an elitist and is sick of poop and needles on her streets. More importantly the whole plan of imported illegal votes is wasted in deep blue San Francisco.

James Woods

@RealJamesWoods

, whose personal abode is a walled fortress, doesn’t want the invading swarm in her district, of course. Firstly she’s an elitist and is sick of poop and needles on her streets. More importantly the whole plan of imported illegal votes is wasted in deep blue San Francisco.

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If Trump does this, it will be the funniest thing ever. He should literally drop them by the busload in front of the governor’s mansion. Trump could actually do this. He’s that politically savvy. The Democrats want street theatre? What a visual!!!

James Woods

@RealJamesWoods

If Trump does this, it will be the funniest thing ever. He should literally drop them by the busload in front of the governor’s mansion. Trump could actually do this. He’s that politically savvy. The Democrats want street theatre? What a visual!!!

CBS News

@CBSNews

Gavin Newsom says Trump proposal to release immigrants into sanctuary cities is “asinine” https://cbsn.ws/2P4pFXo 

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Every single week busload after busload of dropped in front of the governors’ and mayors’ mansions in CA and NY. The sheer volume would be such a stunning visual, with such delicious irony, it would be literally mind-blowing. Do it, Mr. President.

James Woods

@RealJamesWoods

Every single week busload after busload of dropped in front of the governors’ and mayors’ mansions in CA and NY. The sheer volume would be such a stunning visual, with such delicious irony, it would be literally mind-blowing. Do it, Mr. President.

CBS News

@CBSNews

Gavin Newsom says Trump proposal to release immigrants into sanctuary cities is “asinine” https://cbsn.ws/2P4pFXo 

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Put 100,000 of these guys a month in front of Nancy Pelosi’s walled mansion.

James Woods

@RealJamesWoods

Put 100,000 of these guys a month in front of Nancy Pelosi’s walled mansion. https://nypost.com/2019/04/11/fiend-charged-with-raping-killing-jogger-had-been-deported-twice/ 

Jorge Rios

Fiend charged with raping, killing jogger had been deported twice

The fiend busted for raping a New Jersey jogger before drowning her in a lake is an illegal immigrant from Honduras who had already been kicked out of the US twice before, authorities said

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We all know that if illegal aliens voted Republican, Schumer and Pelosi would be out there laying bricks on the border themselves.

James Woods

@RealJamesWoods

We all know that if illegal aliens voted Republican, Schumer and Pelosi would be out there laying bricks on the border themselves.

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Dropping the hordes into #SanctuaryStates is a brilliant strategic move. Doing so completely neutralizes the entire Democrat plan behind the invasion (illegal votes). Thanks to our beloved Electoral College, a million more illegals will have ZERO EFFECT in CA and NY. #Perfecto

James Woods

@RealJamesWoods

Dropping the hordes into is a brilliant strategic move. Doing so completely neutralizes the entire Democrat plan behind the invasion (illegal votes). Thanks to our beloved Electoral College, a million more illegals will have ZERO EFFECT in CA and NY.

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And one more:

James Woods

@RealJamesWoods

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If it hasn’t happened already, there’s probably a decent chance Time Magazine will at least consider the migrant caravans for their “Person of the Year.”

A few have already made their way through Mexico to the U.S. border, with multiple thousands being allowed entry due to border patrol being overwhelmed.

Now, another caravan has formed in Honduras.

They are upwards of 1,000 strong.

From AFP:

Almost 1,000 people gathered Tuesday night in the town of San Pedro Sula in northern Honduras to form a new caravan to reach the United States, police said.

“There are more than 800, almost a thousand,” a police official told AFP, with the Red Cross reporting the same number.

The caravan, which followed a call on social media, took the authorities by surprise after similar appeals since February failed to muster numbers.

President Trump is done playing games. Just one day after threatening to close the southern border, 45 cut off foreign aid to three Central American countries.

The reason? Migrant caravans.

The message is clear: either stop the caravans before they make it to the American border or no more cash.

Simple.

Hollywood Icon Contends that Mueller Could Still “Put Trump Away”

H/T Flag And Cross.

Little Bobby De Niro has gone beyond delusional to totally mentally unbalanced.

Robert De Niro is in Denial.

While the nation awaits a clearer picture of what’s actually inside of Robert Mueller’s infamous report on the “RussiaGate” scandal, prominent democrats are keeping their dreams of nullifying the 2016 election alive.

Mueller’s report was already summarized once by Attorney General Bill Barr in a four page letter to Congress.  Barr, quoting Mueller himself, indicated that the report did not find sufficient evidence of “conspiracy or coordination” between the Trump campaign and the Russian government – something that President Trump and his team have taken as a victory in the case.

The democrats have insisted that they need to see the full report in order to validate Barr’s assessment, with many believing that the President himself is not out of harm’s way just yet.

Now, their pals in Hollywood are promoting a similar idea.

Actor Robert De Niro revealed in a recent interview that he still thinks that former special counsel Robert Mueller can send President Donald Trump to prison for a “long time.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robert De Niro thinks it’s his “civic duty” to play Mueller on Saturday Night Live, and still fantasizes about him locking Trump up.

“I consider it my civic duty to do that part — just to be there because [Mueller] doesn’t say much, but he doesn’t have to. It’s that simple,” said the star, who added that he still has hopes of the president serving jailtime for suspected collusion with Russia in the 2016 election. “I might even be happier the day that Mueller puts him in handcuffs, takes him in an orange jumpsuit and puts him away for a long time.”

De Niro has been an outspoken and colorful critic of President Trump, having used profanity and threats of violence toward the Commander in Chief over the course of the last few years.