Rochester, Minnesota- The 11th annual Tee It Up for the Troops event held at the Willow Creek Golf Course in Rochester, MN was honored to host two very special guests at their event this year. Those guests of honor were Kenneth Stumpf and James McCloughan, both of whom are Medal of Honor recipients!
The Medal of Honor is the nations highest medal awarded to a member of the armed forces for their extreme valor in combat. This medal can only be awarded by the President of the United States. The very first medal of honor was given out in 1861 to a Sailor named, Jacob Parrot, for his role in the American civil war for his role in the Great locomotive chase.
Kenneth Stumpf, United States Army, was awarded the medal of honor for his valiant actions in Vietnam. His platoon came under fire after approaching a village armed with a Vietnamese rifle group. He saved three men wounded in the first attack and lead his platoon’s attacks on the enemy’s bunkers. For the relentless spirit of aggressiveness, intrepidity, and ultimate concern for the lives of his men he deservingly was awarded the medal of honor.
James McCloughan, United States Army, was awarded the medal of honor this year by President Trump, for his valiant actions in Vietnam. James was an Army medic who saved the lives of 10 men during a 2-day battle in Nui Yong Hill. He refused an order to evacuate and instead stayed to continue lifesaving efforts. He would receive two purple hearts for the wounds he received during that battle.
The Medal of Honor has been awarded to 3,400 recipients, of which only 72 are still here with us today. It was a great honor for all of those in attendance to have the chance to meet them, shake their hands and thank them for their great service to this country!