judith kuhn, patricia lupone, amanda patinkin, bethany buckley, anthony yazbeck, andrew mientus, william porter, elizabeth malone, stephen kazee, william swenson, caroline shelley, robert fosse, nicole m. james, nathaniel lane, marcus kudisch, jonathan gallagher jr, janet maxwell, daniel burstein, allison mauzy, gregory eddelman, matthew doyle, donatella murphy, catherine rigby, nicholas adams, beatrice arthur, joshua young, donald osmond, jessica mueller, thomas tune
True soldier’s spirit, a warrior’s ethos unmarred.
[He looked around at every single one that stood in that room at his behest. At his brothers in arms who had fought alongside him, and his expression said, “this is yours as well.” And he looked at every family member of the fallen in turn and it was visible in his gaze; the pain on his face said, “they should be here, it never should have happened the way it did, they failed us all.” He shared his pain and he wasn’t ashamed of it.
He is, every inch of him, what an officer should be. The military, every branch of it, needs more like him.]
Former Army Capt. William Swenson was awarded the Medal of Honor today for his actions during a 2009 battle in Ganjgal, Afghanistan that killed five Americans. Another man who fought in the battle, Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer, was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2011. Swenson, 34, retired from the military in 2011, but has asked to return to active duty. Read more of his story.
Medal of Honor recipient former Army Capt. William D. Swenson stands as Army Secretary John M. McHugh looks on during the ceremony to induct Swenson into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013.