The 34-year-old Army captain is credited with risking his life to help save his fellow troops and recover others’ bodies after coalition troops were ambushed in Afghanistan’s Ganjgal valley in September 2009.
Oct. 15, 2013 U.S. Army Capt. William Swenson bows his head for a prayer during his Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House. Swenson, 34, was honored for his service during a September 2009 battle in the Ganjgal Valley in eastern Afghanistan. Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post Buy Photo