Afghan war veteran William D. Swenson was awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House yesterday (October 15th) by President Obama for his actions in battle four years ago. Obama described how Army Captain Swenson repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire to recover fallen comrades and help save others during a battle against Taliban insurgents in September 2009. Swenson is the second Medal of Honor recipient from that fight — Marine Corporal Dakota Meyer received it two years ago — marking just the second time in half a century that the nation’s highest military honor has been awarded to two survivors of the same battle. The 34-year-old Swenson, who’s been unemployed since leaving the military in February 2011, has requested to return to active duty, which is rare for a Medal of Honor recipient, and his request is being reviewed. He is the sixth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan, and the first Army officer to receive it since the Vietnam War.
Here is some video of his heroism in battle: