Obama presents Afghan war vet with Medal of Honor - KMSP-TV

Obama presents Afghan war vet with Medal of Honor

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says a former Army captain who survived one of the Afghan war's deadliest firefights is a reminder that Americans look out for one another even when it's difficult.

Obama commented at a White House ceremony before placing America's highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, around William D. Swenson's neck. He says Swenson is an example of what Americans can be at their best.

The Seattle native was recognized for bravery in battle against Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal valley near the Pakistan border in 2009.

The fight claimed five Americans, 10 Afghan army troops and an interpreter.

Swenson was a trainer and mentor embedded with the Afghan National Security Forces in Afghanistan's Kunar Province. He risked his life to recover bodies and help save fellow troops.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices