You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade now to a modern browser in order to benefit of all our site's features: Chrome, FireFox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer. [Close]

The Official Blog of Fox News Channel

DETAILS: Former Army Captain to Receive Medal of Honor

The White House announced that a former Army captain will be the sixth living person to receive the Medal of Honor for heroism in Iraq or Afghanistan.

William D. Swenson will receive the nation's highest military honor from President Obama on Oct. 15 for his bravery during a Sept. 2009 firefight in Kunar Province in northeastern Afghanistan.

Swenson was serving as a mentor and trainer embedded with Afghan security forces when the contingent was ambushed by Taliban fighters near the Pakistan border.

The Seattle native has already received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal.

Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer was already given the Medal of Honor for his bravery during the same battle, which lasted six hours in the Ganjgal Valley. Five Americans and nine Afghans were killed while dozens were wounded, including Swenson and Meyer.

Leave a Comment0

Today's Front Page Stories

Don't want to keep checking back here for the latest from Fox News? That's cool. We'll come to you ...

Connect with Fox News


Stay connected with the most-trusted name in cable news through exclusive videos, blogs, polls, contests and behind-the-scene details.

Get More Fox!

Fox News Launches Redesigned App for iPhones, Androids

Now it's easier and faster than ever to keep up with the most powerful name in news wherever you are. Download the redesigned Fox News Channel app today on your iPhone or Android to watch Fox News and Fox Business Network live on your device! Click here for more information on how you can get the Fox News app.

Fox News Presents: 'My America with Elisabeth Hasselbeck'

Fox News Channel presents an exciting new feature series, My America with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. From the quirky to the inspirational, "My America" will reveal who we are as a nation – driven, passionate and uniquely American. Check out the latest installment: an inside look at Mutton Bustin!

Greta Is Wired! is the official blog of Greta Van Susteren. Get Greta’s breaking news alerts, pictures, videos, polls, and behind-the-scenes exclusives. Plus, speak out on open threads, as well as the live chat page. Connect to the GretaWire community ... and to Greta herself!