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Army captain to receive Medal of Honor for bravery in Afghanistan ambush
News Channel 3 (Hampton, VA) ^ | 9:35 pm, September 19, 2013 | Matt Knight

Posted on 09/19/2013 7:12:07 PM PDT by Pan_Yan

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On the morning of the attack Swenson and his team moved on foot into the rural community of Ganjgal for a meeting with village elders. He and his team were ambushed there by more than 50 well-armed, well-positioned insurgent fighters.

As the enemy unleashed a barrage of rocket-propelled grenades, mortar and machine gun fire, Swenson returned fire, coordinated and directed the response of his Afghan Border Police soldiers, and simultaneously tried to call in suppressive artillery fire and aviation support.

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With complete disregard for his own safety, Swenson voluntarily led a team into the kill zone, exposing himself to enemy fire on three occasions to recover the wounded and search for missing team members.

Returning to the kill zone a fourth time in a Humvee, he exited the vehicle, evaded a hail of bullets and shells to recover three fallen Marines and a Navy corpsman, working alongside then-Marine Corps Cpl. Dakota Meyer, who on Sept. 15, 2011, received the Medal of Honor for his own actions in the battle.

After six hours of continuous fighting, Swenson rallied his teammates and effectively disrupted the enemy assault.

(Excerpt) Read more at wtkr.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: medalofhonor; moh; swenson; usarmy
Thank you, Captain.
1 posted on 09/19/2013 7:12:07 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

From left to right, the Army, Air Force and Navy (USN, USMC, USCG) versions of the Medal of Honor.

2 posted on 09/19/2013 7:23:42 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

PING


3 posted on 09/19/2013 7:25:15 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Pan_Yan

Yes! Finally! This is the same battle where U.S. Marine Dakota Meyer also earned the MoH. CPT Swanson was pushed aside for a while because of his criticism of the lack of support they recieived from the higher ups and for the stupid ROEs that tied their hands behind their backs. Dakota Meyer always thought that Swanson’s actions where well “above and beyond” even his own. Godspeed to both.

Bing West’s account of the battle is a good read for anyone interested. Into the Fire.


4 posted on 09/19/2013 7:27:37 PM PDT by cll (Serviam!)
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To: Pan_Yan
Thank you, Captain.

Amen to that!

They fight for each other.

5 posted on 09/19/2013 7:30:11 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Pan_Yan

“After six hours of continuous fighting”

Should I even ask where the hell the support was?


6 posted on 09/19/2013 7:33:39 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: tcrlaf
Should I even ask where the hell the support was?

It was slow in coming and he wasn't afraid to say so. Probably part of the reason he didn't get this much sooner.

7 posted on 09/19/2013 7:36:40 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (I love it when spell check highlights every single word.)
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To: tcrlaf; Pan_Yan

Read Bing West’s book “Into the Fire”, and you will see what happened there.


8 posted on 09/19/2013 7:49:14 PM PDT by cll (Serviam!)
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To: tcrlaf

“Should I even ask where the hell the support was?”

McChrystol and Obama ROE


9 posted on 09/19/2013 8:04:56 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Pan_Yan

Hand Salute to a REAL HERO.


10 posted on 09/19/2013 8:49:59 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: Pan_Yan

God Bless such fighting men as Captain Swenson....


11 posted on 09/19/2013 11:37:19 PM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: Pan_Yan

Amen!


12 posted on 09/20/2013 12:43:41 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Pan_Yan; SandRat
"For Conspicuous Gallantry and Intrepidity
Above and Beyond the Call of Duty"



Thank you, Captain William Swenson!


America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

13 posted on 09/20/2013 4:47:02 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: All; Pan_Yan

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http://www.freerepublic.com/~aloharonnie/

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14 posted on 09/20/2013 5:09:33 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: Pan_Yan; xzins

We need more living heroes from this war.

Outstanding work Captain.


15 posted on 09/20/2013 6:40:13 AM PDT by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: Gamecock; Pan_Yan; xzins
15 posted on 9/20/2013 8:40:13 AM by Gamecock: “We need more living heroes from this war. Outstanding work Captain.”

Agreed.

Is he still on active duty? If so, am I correct that he is the only Medal of Honor recipient who is still on active duty?

If so, this could get interesting.

Apparently this captain is not afraid to “call out” his superiors when he thinks it's warranted. My understanding is that during World War II and the Korean War, when living MOH recipients were more common because of the different nature of combat back then, MOH recipients who were still on active duty ended up being the “go to guys” for enlisted personnel and junior officers to bring their grievances to the upper levels of the military because they were essentially untouchable.

For example, infantry MOH people and ace fighter pilots had the “street cred” to tell colonels and generals, “Look, sir, you're wrong, nearly all your subordinates know you're wrong, and I'm here to tell you what you need to hear.”

Of course the colonel or general or admiral could yell and scream, but since the person speaking had already proved himself in ways the senior officer usually hadn't, the speaker didn't care — and the people on both sides of the desk both knew it.

16 posted on 09/20/2013 7:18:40 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: Gamecock; Pan_Yan; xzins
Never mind, I did some more Googling. Capt. Swenson is out of the military. According to Stars and Stripes, "Swenson was commissioned as an Army officer on Sept. 6, 2002. He separated from the Army on Feb. 1, 2011, and lives in Seattle." Here are some more details:
Four U.S. troops were killed in the battle, and a Department of Defense investigation released months later found that negligent leadership and the command’s refusal to provide air support directly contributed to their deaths. Meyer and two other Marines have been honored for their valor during the operation, but Swenson – who was first nominated for the Medal of Honor in 2009 – had not received any award for his actions. Many believed the delay was an effort to kill the nomination after Swenson was publicly critical of the command’s decisions during the battle. In 2011, after officials said the original nomination had been lost, Marine Gen. John Allen, then the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, resubmitted the paperwork. Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican and Marine combat veteran, wrote a letter in 2012 to then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, expressing concerns that Swenson’s nomination might have been “unfairly derailed by what appears to be nothing more than bureaucratic influence and arbitrary reasoning.” Hunter called the fact that Swenson’s nomination had been lost “troubling.” On Tuesday, Hunter praised the decision to award Swenson the medal, calling him “an American hero who exemplifies the extraordinary bravery and selflessness of our nation’s military over more than a decade of fighting in Afghanistan.” Hunter said Swenson’s medal is “especially important because not only is Capt. Swenson finally receiving the recognition he should have received years ago, but it goes a long way to restoring the integrity of the Medal of Honor process.”
Link: http://www.stripes.com/news/us/capt-william-swenson-former-soldier-to-receive-medal-of-honor-1.241604
17 posted on 09/20/2013 7:25:36 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: darrellmaurina

I do know that holders of the MOH warrent a salute from all, even senior officers.


18 posted on 09/20/2013 8:41:15 AM PDT by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: Gamecock

Correct.


19 posted on 09/20/2013 8:49:56 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: tcrlaf

Same place Benghazi support was.


20 posted on 09/20/2013 8:50:51 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: tcrlaf

There was none. None...Do you hear that? None. I’m shocked that they gave him the MOH considering that they accused him of being insubordinate.


21 posted on 09/20/2013 9:36:00 AM PDT by nikos1121 (“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” Alexander Pope (1688-1744) English poet)
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To: Gamecock

I agree!

Amazing job, Captain Swenson.

Thank you for your service!


22 posted on 09/20/2013 6:28:57 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Pan_Yan

Yep, when a general messes up, they cover up.


23 posted on 09/20/2013 7:32:41 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: darrellmaurina
command’s refusal to provide air support

Totally inexcusable. What were they going to do with he air assets, save them for later?

24 posted on 09/20/2013 7:35:25 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: xzins
Kinda has that borderline scruffy SF like look.


25 posted on 09/20/2013 7:45:28 PM PDT by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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