Posted on October 15, 2013 by Bobbie O'Brien
President Obama presents the Medal of Honor to former Army Capt. William Swenson. Photo from PBS News Hour web stream.
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.
During the ceremony, President Obama asked the team of Army soldiers and Marines who took part in the battle to stand – acknowledging their contributions to the fight.
Former Army Capt. William Swenson captured by the cameras as the citation chronicling his valor is read. Photo courtesy of the PBS News Hour web stream.
A close-up of the Medal of Honor after it was awarded to former Capt. Swenson – note the trail of a tear down the right side of his face and lip. Photo courtesy of the PBS News Hour web stream broadcast.
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