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Capt. William D. Swenson in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, March 2009. Photo: U.S. Army
Capt. William D. Swenson in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, March 2009. Photo: U.S. Army

10th Mountain vet to receive Medal of Honor today

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President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor today to a former 10th Mt. Division captain for bravery during combat in Afghanistan.

It's the nation's highest military honor.

William Swenson was a trainer and mentor embedded with Afghan border police when U.S. and Afghan troops walked into an ambush in Kunar province on Sept. 8, 2009.

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The official Army report says, “In seven hours of continuous fighting, Swenson braved intense enemy fire, and willfully put his life in danger …. in service of his fallen and wounded comrades.”

It says he displayed  “conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his own life and well beyond the call of duty.”

Swenson’s the sixth living recipient of the award for actions in Afghanistan, and the second to receive the medal for action in the Battle of Ganjal Valley.

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