January 2014 Special Report 

1/1/2014 12:00 AM 


Battle of Ganjgal hero cited for bravery, saving soldiers’ lives

Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson received the nation’s highest military award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for actions during a fierce, six-hour battle following a deadly ambush in Afghanistan.


Swenson leads American Army soldiers and Afghan security forces

Just before dawn Sept. 8, 2009, and under a full moon, Capt. William D. Swenson and a contingent of Afghan forces made their way slowly on foot, crunching the gravel under their boots through a mountain valley in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, not far from the Pakistan border.


California, Nevada National Guard soldiers medevac wounded soldiers

During a ceremony on Oct. 16, at the White House, President Barack Obama hung the Medal of Honor around Capt. William Swenson’s neck to rounds of applause and the flash of cameras.


American, Afghan security forces ambushed by Taliban insurgents

Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson was presented the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony Oct. 15, making him the sixth living recipient of the nation's highest military award for valor during combat in Iraq or Afghanistan.


Capt. William D. Swenson inducted into Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes

As former Army Capt. William D. Swenson was inducted into the Pentagon Hall of Heroes, Secretary of the Army John McHugh announced a directive to improve the Medal of Honor nomination and review process.