WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says a former Army captain who survived one of the Afghan war's deadliest firefights is a reminder that Americans look out for one another even when it is difficult.
Obama commented at a White House ceremony Tuesday before placing America's highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, around William D. Swenson's neck. He says Swenson is an example of what Americans can be at their best.
He was recognized for bravery in battle against Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal valley near the Pakistan border in 2009.
The fight claimed five Americans, 10 Afghan army troops and an interpreter.
Swenson was a trainer and mentor embedded with the Afghan National Security Forces in Afghanistan's Kunar Province. He risked his life to recover bodies and help save fellow troops.
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