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Former Army Captain Receives Highest Military Honor for Actions

A former Army Captain receiving the nation's highest military honor for his actions in one of the most brutal ambushes in Afghanistan.
"In moments like these, American like Will Remind us of what our country can be at it's best." - Obama
A former Army Captain receiving the nation's highest military honor for his actions in one of the most brutal ambushes in Afghanistan.

Captain William Swenson, awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery in a battle against the Taliban in September 2009.  Swenson repeatedly risked his life to save fellow soldiers and recover the bodies of fallen troops.

"In moments like these, American like Will Remind us of what our country can be at it's best."

This dramatic helmet-cam video shows Captain Swenson during the fight. He's carrying a badly wounded soldier, Sergeant Kenneth Westbrook, to a medevac chopper and kissing him on the head before returning to the battle.

Sergeant Westbrook later died from his wounds.  His family were grateful that they were able to say their final goodbyes to him.

5 Americans were killed in the attack.  Swenson said his calls for help were rejected by his commanders.

"A mission can always be done better, regardless of whether you achieve your objective or not.  There's always room for improvement.  That day, there was room for improvement.  I believe that we said what we needed to say, identified the problem later.  We identified the individuals and we identified a way forward."

This is the same battle for which Marine Sergeant Dakota Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor 2 years ago.

"Today is only the 2nd time in nearly half a century that the Medal of Honor has been awarded to 2 survivors of the same battle."

Captain Swenson is only the 6th living recipient of the Medal of Honor since 911.  All 6 have been awarded to those who fought in Afghanistan.
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