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Specialist 4 Edgar McWethy

Date of Award: Unknown
Conflict: Vietnam War
Branch: U.S. Army

Sp4c. Edgar McWethy portraitEdgar McWethy enlisted into the Army out of Denver, Colo., and entered the Vietnam war as a combat medic with the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry. It was his above-and-beyond devotion to his medical duties that earned him the most distinguished honor in the Armed Forces.

In an intense battle in the Binh Dinh Province of Vietnam in June of 1967, McWethy was shot four times, including once in the head. Despite his severe wounds, he continued to provide medical attention to other fallen comrades until he was mortally wounded. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his dedication to service.

Citation: “Hearing a call for aid, Specialist 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.

Last Updated: July 11, 2023
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