Obama Presents Afghan War Vet With Medal of Honor

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) gives former U.S. Army Captain William Swenson the Medal of Honor during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House October 15, 2013 in Washington, DC. ' (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says a former Army captain who survived one of the Afghan war's deadliest firefights is a reminder that Americans look out for one another even when it's difficult.

Obama commented at a White House ceremony before placing America's highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, around William D. Swenson's neck. He says Swenson is an example of what Americans can be at their best.

The Seattle native was recognized for bravery in battle against Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal valley near the Pakistan border in 2009.

The fight claimed five Americans, 10 Afghan army troops and an interpreter.

Swenson was a trainer and mentor embedded with the Afghan National Security Forces in Afghanistan's Kunar Province. He risked his life to recover bodies and help save fellow troops.

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