McWethy, Edgar Lee, Jr., SP 5

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Specialist 5
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
91A-Medical Corpsman
Last MOS Group
Medical Department (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry (Airmobile) 1st Cavalry Division/B Company
Service Years
1964 - 1967

Specialist 5

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Home Town
Last Address
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Casualty Date
Jun 21, 1967
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Binh Dinh
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
22E - 032

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1st Cavalry Division

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 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry (Airmobile) 1st Cavalry Division
  1966-1967, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry (Airmobile) 1st Cavalry Division/B Company
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  1966-1967 Vietnam War
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Medal of Honor

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Specialist Fifth Class Edgar Lee McWethy, Jr., United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Binh Dinh Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 21 June 1967.

Serving as a Medical Aidman with Company B, Specialist Fifth Class McWethy accompanied his platoon to the site of a downed helicopter. Shortly after the platoon established a defensive perimeter around the aircraft, a large enemy force attacked the position from three sides with a heavy volume of automatic weapons fire and grenades. The platoon leader and his radio operator were wounded almost immediately, and Specialist Fifth Class McWethy rushed across the fire-swept area to their assistance.

Although he could not help the mortally wounded radio operator, Specialist Fifth Class McWethy's timely first aid enabled the platoon leader to retain command during this critical period. Hearing a call for aid, Specialist Fifth Class McWethy started across the open toward the injured men, but was wounded in the head and knocked to the ground. He regained his feet and continued on but was hit again, this time in the leg. Struggling onward despite his wounds, he gained the side of his comrades and treated their injuries.

Observing another fallen rifleman lying in an exposed position raked by enemy fire, Specialist Fifth Class McWethy moved toward him without hesitation. Although the enemy fire wounded him a third time, Specialist Fifth Class McWethy reached his fallen companion. Though weakened and in extreme pain, Specialist Fifth Class McWethy gave the wounded man artificial respiration but suffered a fourth and fatal wound.

Through his indomitable courage, complete disregard for his safety, and demonstrated concern for his fellow soldiers, Specialist Fifth Class McWethy inspired the members of his platoon and contributed in great measure to their successful defense of the position and the ultimate rout of the enemy force. Specialist Fifth Class McWethy's profound sense of duty, bravery, and his willingness to accept extraordinary risks in order to help the men of his unit are characteristic of the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 68 (October 27, 1969)
Action Date: June 21, 1967
Service: Army
Rank: Specialist Fifth Class
Company: Company B
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 5th Cavalry Regiment
Division: 1st Cavalry Division
SP5 McWethy was interred in Pence Cemetery, Baxter Springs, Cherokee County, Kansas.

The McWethy Troop Medical Clinics at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and Fort Jackson, South Carolina, were named in his honor.
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