WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A retired soldier embedded with Fort Drum's 3rd Brigade Combat Team four years ago will soon receive the nation's highest military award for valor in combat.
Former Captain William Swenson will become just the sixth living person to be awarded the Medal of Honor. He'll be presented the medal by President Obama during a ceremony at the White House on October 15th.
Swenson was in Afghanistan back in 2009 when he was assigned to mentor Afghan border police in support of Fort Drum's 3rd Brigade Combat team. On September 8th of that year, he and his team were ambushed by 50 armed insurgents. He's credited with not only fighting back, but coordinating his team's response and rescue missions.
But officials say the bravest part was Swenson ignoring enemy demands to surrender, driving an unarmored vehicle into the kill zone four different times and running to recover wounded soldiers while dodging bullets.
Marine Corporal Dakota Meyer was already awarded the Medal of Honor for his efforts in the same battle.