Here are photos from the White House ceremony less than an hour ago (2:10 p.m. Oct. 15, 2013) where Army Capt. William Swenson was presented with the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama. A quote from the citation marking his valor under fire and in the heat of battle:
“In seven hours of continuous fighting, Swenson braved intense enemy fire, and willfully put his life in danger against the enemy’s main effort, multiple times in service of his fallen and wounded comrades, his unit, his country, and his endangered Afghan partners. Displaying conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his own life and well beyond the call of duty, Swenson would be a most deserving recipient of the Medal of Honor.”
The still photos were captured from the live web broadcast of the ceremony by the PBS News Hour.