Army Captain William D. Swenson Receives Medal of Honor

He is the most decorated Army officer since the Vietnam War

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President Obama bestowed the highest military honor to Afghan war veteran and former Army captain William D. Swenson Tuesday, recognizing his efforts to save Americans during a battle with Taliban insurgents along the Pakistan border in 2009.

The 34-year-old unemployed Seattle resident received the sky blue ribbon and medal for his service as a trainer and adviser embedded with the Afghan Border Police Mentor Team. The awardee risked his life evacuating wounded Afghan and American soldiers during an ambush by Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal valley the morning of Sept. 8, 2009. Five Americans, 10 Afghan army troops and an interpreter perished in the fight.

Swenson was first nominated for the Medal of Honor in 2009, but the paperwork was lost and resubmitted in 2011. The captain’s criticism of a lack of help during the battle prompted an investigation that resulted in two Army officers being reprimanded. He is the second survivor from that battle to receive the prestigious medal, marking just the second time in 50 years for that to happen, according to Obama. Two years ago Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer received the Medal of Honor for the same conflict.

The Army captain left the military in February 2011 and has since been unemployed. Swenson hopes to return to service, a rare move for a Medal recipient. His request is currently under review.

He is the sixth living honoree of the highest military award for service in Iraq or Afghanistan, and the most decorated Army officer since the Vietnam War.

[Associated Press]

16 comments
tanuvasa03
tanuvasa03

You're my HERO....CPT. William D. Swenson

rongund
rongund

He's the real deal, thanks for being a real hero. He should be allowed to return to active duty and we need more like him.  Thanks to the President for recognizing his service. With a son in the Marines, I support him all the way.  myspiritofamerica.com 


doctor_sc0tt
doctor_sc0tt

Swenson wants to return to the Army and it is "under review".  What does it take to get a job in this economy?  What can they be pausing to review? "Well sure he's the most decorated soldier since the Vietnam War and has the Medal of Honor and all but what does his last personnel evaluation say?"

ElizabethStone
ElizabethStone

It's so easy to take the freedom of our day-to-day lives for granted.  That freedom comes at a high price, paid for each day by people like Captain Swenson.  Not just with their blood in battle.  But also with their sweat in standing guard in uniform and in constant readiness.  God bless them.


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natbmw2
natbmw2

This man is seriously my hero. I read an article about him prior to his reward and he shared a detailed account about what happened and his frustration with his command. I honestly had a lump in my throat and I was praying he would receive the award he deserved even if its not about the medals the man deserved it. Seeing the news that he was to be awarded brought allot of joy!

Bluhorizon
Bluhorizon

The outrageous treatment of this man is another reminder that the US government cannot tolerate criticism and least of all from insiders who know it all, who risk their future to make ours better.  It's just part of the long down trend that is making the US into an expensive Banana Republic with nuks.

WarrenStallings
WarrenStallings

Bless this man for his service.  Also loud and clear................he did not attend the ceremony.  I think he should have and spit in BHO's face.  But that is my opinion.

jpowell
jpowell

first time in history NO  military officers, other than the Prsident's aides, did not attand a medal of honor presentation

his raising the fire support issues and criiticism of dakota

no news report pointed it out, look at the pics

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@WarrenStallings "he did not attend the ceremony"

We get that you can't read but can you at least look at the picture? 

RatmNye
RatmNye

@WarrenStallings  Spit in the President's face - for awarding him a medal? Have you read his story? He should be spitting in the Army's face? Thank's for reminding us once again, that tea baggers are morons who haven't served.

222Lightfighter
222Lightfighter

@jpowell The crowd was full of officers there in support of while including those from past and present commands, but you already knew that right? Stay in your lane.

222Lightfighter
222Lightfighter

@jpowell The crowd was full of officers in support of Will. But you wouldn't know that because you don't have a clue.

koiman
koiman

@jpowell First time in history that NO military officers did not attend? So that means some military officers did attend? If you are functionally illiterate, why are you posting comments here??? Obvious tea bagger...too dumb to know how dumb he is.

222Lightfighter
222Lightfighter

@RatmNye  @RatmNye What do you know about service? Hopefully more than you think you know about "tea baggers". Idiot.

Lose the party rhetoric, it's unbecoming.


222Lightfighter
222Lightfighter

@koiman So you're a psychic now? What did he eat for breakfast? Drop the party rhetoric, you have no idea what box the ignoramus checks under party affiliation.