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October 15th, 2013
06:31 PM ET

Fmr. Cpt. Swenson awarded Medal of Honor

In 2009, in Afghanistan's Kunar province, a unit of American troops walked into an ambush. Outgunned and outmanned, one man ran into enemy fire over and over again, determined to help the wounded and recover the bodies of his fallen comrades.

Tuesday afternoon, former Army Captain William Swenson was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions.

"Americans like Will remind us of what our country can be at its best, a nation of citizens who look out for one another, who meet our obligations to one another not just when it's easy, but when it's hard, maybe especially it's hard," President Obama said during the medal ceremony.

Swenson is the sixth living recipient of the medal from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the nation's highest award for military service.

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