Retired Army Captain William Swenson performed so many acts of bravery while he was serving in Afghanistan, President Obama awarded him a Medal of Honor. Not only did he do his job, but he risked his life for other US soldiers time and time again.
He is only the sixth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for service in Afghanistan and Iraq.
He fought off 60 Taliban single-handedly for seven hours, protecting his men.
Even after getting out of the danger zone, he repeatedly went back in, risking his life to save his fellow troops.
The medal is specifically for his extreme bravery while traveling with a group of U.S. Marines and Afghan National Troops when they were ambushed from all sides outside the town of Ganjar on September 8th, 2009, killing 10 Afghan and four American troops.
When the Taliban demanded that he surrender, he responded by lobbing a live grenade at them.
Video captured from cameras mounted on the helmets of evacuation helicopter pilots showed William delivering his good friend and partner, Sgt. First Class Kenneth Westbrook to the evacuation chopper and placing a kiss on his head as he placed him inside.
Westbrook had been hit in the throat and was bleeding to death and Swenson ventured out into the hail of gunfire to retrieve him.
Unforunately, William never saw Kenneth again. Even though he was transported via medevac to a field hospital, he died 29 days later.
After delivering Westbrook to the chopper, Swenson climbed into an unarmored vehicle and drove to the ‘kill zone’ twice more to collect the dead and wounded.
If it wasn’t for William Swenson, 12 soldiers would have lost their lives that day.
When William went to the White House to accept his Medal of Honor, he happened to be re-enlisting in the Army that very same day. He is a true hero.