Captain William Swenson awarded Medal of Honor
I readily admit I'm a pretty sensitive person. I watch videos of service members come home to pets and family and I get misty eyed every time. I have had "Taking Chance" (the movie about bringing the body of a soldier home) saved on my DVR for over 2 years now, and I still haven't made it minutes into the movie because I get so choked up.
That said, I've watched the video of Captain Swenson probably 100 times, I get misty everytime, and I will still watch it 400 times. If you could condense military service down to one thing, in my opinion it would be this one kiss he gives a wounded comrade before grabbing his weapon and heading back into the fight.
For me that's just such an indelible image, from a man who doesn't even remember it. For me that's everything the Army Values means.
Anyway, Captain Swenson was awarded his richly deserved and long awaited recognition this week in a White House ceremony. I've discussed it at length here before, with a long video about everything that went wrong that day. If you haven't read that piece yet, PLEASE CLICK HERE to do so.
And while this is ridiculously long, the official narrative is a must read.
The awards ceremony itself: