Obama Presents Medal of Honor to Former Army Captain

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • President Barack Obama, left, and former Army Capt. William D. Swenson walk to a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House, Oct. 15, 2013. Swenson received the medal for his efforts during combat operations in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, Sept. 8, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Garry McFadden
  • Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson, left, and President Barack Obama bow their heads in prayer during a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House, Oct. 15, 2013.  U.S. Army photo by Lisa Ferdinando
  • President Barack Obama speaks during a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House, Oct. 15, 2013. Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson received the medal for his efforts during a six-hour battle that followed a deadly Taliban ambush in Afghanistan four years ago.  U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Garry McFadden
  • President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson during a White House ceremony, Oct. 15, 2013.  U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Garry McFadden
  • President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson during a White House ceremony, Oct. 15, 2013.  U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michael Mulderick
  • President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson during a White House ceremony, Oct. 15, 2013.  U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller
  • President Barack Obama, right, shakes hands with former Army Capt. William D. Swenson after presenting him with the Medal of Honor during a White House ceremony, Oct. 15, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michael Mulderick
  • President Barack Obama, right, applauds after presenting former Army Capt. William D. Swenson with the Medal of Honor during a White House ceremony, Oct. 15, 2013.  U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michael Mulderick
  • Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson addresses the media after receiving the Medal of Honor during a White House ceremony, Oct. 15, 2013.  U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller