Medal of Honor Awarded to former Capt. William D. Swenson

By U.S. ArmyOctober 15, 2013

Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson and President Barack Obama bow their heads before the Medal of Honor ceremony at the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on October 15, 2013. Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley on September 8, 2009. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)
1 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson and President Barack Obama bow their heads before the Medal of Honor ceremony at the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on October 15, 2013. Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley on September 8, 2009. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle) VIEW ORIGINAL
President Barack Obama speaks before awarding former Army Capt. William D. Swenson the Medal of Honor on October 15, 2013 at the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)
2 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – President Barack Obama speaks before awarding former Army Capt. William D. Swenson the Medal of Honor on October 15, 2013 at the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle) VIEW ORIGINAL
Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson, President Barack Obama and those in attendance applaud fellow service members at the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on October 15, 2013. Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley on September 8, 2009. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)
3 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson, President Barack Obama and those in attendance applaud fellow service members at the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on October 15, 2013. Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley on September 8, 2009. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle) VIEW ORIGINAL
Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor on October 15, 2013 at the East Room of the White House; Washington, D.C. Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley on September 8, 2009. Which claimed the lives of five American Soldiers, 10 Afghan army troops, and a interpreter.  (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)
4 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor on October 15, 2013 at the East Room of the White House; Washington, D.C. Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley on September 8, 2009. Which claimed the lives of five American Soldiers, 10 Afghan army troops, and a interpreter. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle) VIEW ORIGINAL
Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor on October 15, 2013 at the East Room of the White House; Washington, D.C. Swenson was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley on September 8, 2009. Which claimed the lives of five American Soldiers, 10 Afghan army troops, and an interpreter.  (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)
5 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor on October 15, 2013 at the East Room of the White House; Washington, D.C. Swenson was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley on September 8, 2009. Which claimed the lives of five American Soldiers, 10 Afghan army troops, and an interpreter. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle) VIEW ORIGINAL
President Barack Obama speaks before awarding former Army Capt. William D. Swenson the Medal of Honor on October 15, 2013 at the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)
6 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – President Barack Obama speaks before awarding former Army Capt. William D. Swenson the Medal of Honor on October 15, 2013 at the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle) VIEW ORIGINAL
Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor on October 15, 2013 at the East Room of the White House; Washington, D.C. Swenson was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley on September 8, 2009. Which claimed the lives of five American Soldiers, 10 Afghan army troops, and an interpreter.  (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)
7 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor on October 15, 2013 at the East Room of the White House; Washington, D.C. Swenson was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley on September 8, 2009. Which claimed the lives of five American Soldiers, 10 Afghan army troops, and an interpreter. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle) VIEW ORIGINAL
President Barack Obama speaks before awarding former Army Capt. William D. Swenson the Medal of Honor on October 15, 2013 at the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)
8 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – President Barack Obama speaks before awarding former Army Capt. William D. Swenson the Medal of Honor on October 15, 2013 at the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle) VIEW ORIGINAL
President Barack Obama speaks before awarding former Army Capt. William D. Swenson the Medal of Honor on October 15, 2013 at the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)
9 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – President Barack Obama speaks before awarding former Army Capt. William D. Swenson the Medal of Honor on October 15, 2013 at the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle) VIEW ORIGINAL
Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson stands at attention as President Barack Obama listens to the reading of the citation before awarding Swenson the Medal of Honor, on October 15, 2013, at the East Room of the White House; Washington, D.C. Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley on September 8, 2009. Which claimed the lives of five American Soldiers, 10 Afghan army troops, and an interpreter.  (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)
10 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson stands at attention as President Barack Obama listens to the reading of the citation before awarding Swenson the Medal of Honor, on October 15, 2013, at the East Room of the White House; Washington, D.C. Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley on September 8, 2009. Which claimed the lives of five American Soldiers, 10 Afghan army troops, and an interpreter. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle) VIEW ORIGINAL
President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson of Seattle, Wash., during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 15, 2013. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)
11 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson of Seattle, Wash., during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 15, 2013. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle) VIEW ORIGINAL
President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson of Seattle, Wash., during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 15, 2013. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)
12 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson of Seattle, Wash., during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 15, 2013. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle) VIEW ORIGINAL
President Barack Obama congratulates former Army Capt. William D. Swenson of Seattle, Wash., during a Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 15, 2013. Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley on September 8, 2009. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)
13 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – President Barack Obama congratulates former Army Capt. William D. Swenson of Seattle, Wash., during a Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 15, 2013. Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley on September 8, 2009. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno watches President Barack Obama award the Medal of Honor to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson of Seattle, Wash., during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 15, 2013. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)
14 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno watches President Barack Obama award the Medal of Honor to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson of Seattle, Wash., during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 15, 2013. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno speaks with family members of former Army Capt. William D. Swenson during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 15, 2013.  Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley on September 8, 2009. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)
15 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno speaks with family members of former Army Capt. William D. Swenson during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 15, 2013. Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley on September 8, 2009. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno speaks with family members of former Army Capt. William D. Swenson during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 15, 2013.  Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley on September 8, 2009. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)
16 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno speaks with family members of former Army Capt. William D. Swenson during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 15, 2013. Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley on September 8, 2009. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno speaks to Vice President Joe Biden after the Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 15, 2013.  The Medal Of Honor was awarded to former U.S. Army Capt. William D. Swenson  for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley on September 8, 2009. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)
17 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno speaks to Vice President Joe Biden after the Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 15, 2013. The Medal Of Honor was awarded to former U.S. Army Capt. William D. Swenson for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal Valley on September 8, 2009. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle) VIEW ORIGINAL