50 years ago Mrs. Edgar Lee McWethy, of Baxter Springs, received medals posthumously awarded to her son, specialist Five Edgar Lee McWethy, Jr., who was killed in Vietnam. McWethy was a United States Army combat medic who served in the Vietnam War. He received the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military's highest decoration, for his actions during combat. McWethy repeatedly made himself vulnerable to enemy fire in attempts to save several wounded soldiers. Despite being shot three times in the process, he continued to treat his injured companions in the field until a fourth and fatal bullet struck him in the back as he was administering artificial respiration to a wounded soldier. The McWethy Troop Medical Clinic at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, and Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina, were both named in his honor.