President Barack Obama applauds William Swenson, a former active duty Army Captain, after presenting him with the Medal of Honor, the highest military award, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, October 15, 2013. Swenson, 34, repeatedly entered the 'kill zone' as he helped rescue wounded soldiers and retrieve the bodies of Americans killed during a 7-hour battle in Afghanistan on September 8, 2009, under heavy enemy fire. He is the first Army officer to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
A former U.S. Army Captain is the latest recipient of the Medal of Honor for heroism in Afghanistan. William Swenson was honored by President Obama during a ceremony at the White House.
Swenson led U.S. troops through an enemy ambush in Afghanistan during a mission called Dancing Goat Two in 2009. The former Captain is the sixth living recipient to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest military award.