Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Army Capt. William Swenson will finally get Medal of Honor

“I’ll put it this way,” Meyer said. “If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be alive today.” Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer
said of Army Army Capt. William Swenson Hero of Ganjgal ambush when he was denied honor earned. In 2011 Marine Gen. John Allen, the top commander in Afghanistan, took a personal interest in the fierce firefight in Ganjgal, Afghanistan, that led to Meyer’s award, according to a report published on The Wall Street Journal’s website Wednesday night. The record of the battle was reopened last month, and “given the four-star general’s personal interest, sworn statements attesting to Capt. Swenson’s valor were quickly found.”

“Gen. Allen has since forwarded a Medal of Honor recommendation, saying it was the right thing to do despite a lapse of two years,” the report said.

It is with great pleasure I read this,
William Swenson To Receive Medal Of Honor
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A former Army captain hailed for bravery during combat in Afghanistan in 2009 will add the Medal of Honor to his list of military decorations.

The White House says President Barack Obama will bestow the nation's highest military honor on William D. Swenson at the White House on Oct. 15.

A statement says Swenson is being recognized for courageous actions while he was an embedded trainer and mentor with the Afghan National Security Forces in Kunar Province in northeastern Afghanistan on Sept. 8, 2009.

Swenson retired from the military on Feb. 1, 2011. He has a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal and lives in Seattle.