The White House announced on Monday that former Army Capt. Will Swenson will receive the Medal of Honor on Oct. 15, four years after he braved enemy fire repeatedly while leading U.S. forces through a horrific ambush that erupted in eastern Afghanistan.
The Battle of Ganjgal on Sept. 8, 2009, is especially well known because Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer already received the nation’s top award for valor that day. Until tonight, however, few had seen a gritty war-zone video of Swenson on the battlefield during it. A sergeant in the Army National Guard recorded it while working that day on the medical evacuation crew, and shared it with CBS News:
CBS’s presentation of it is good, but touches on only parts of the raw emotion that is intertwined with the battle. It will be interesting to see what else emerges between now and Swenson’s ceremony at the White House next month.
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 20: The Army released the raw video that CBS published last night. It’s up here: