10th Mountain Division soldier awarded Medal of Honor, asks to return to active duty
The former Army captain receiving the Medal of Honor on Tuesday has asked to return to active duty in the Army.
Two U.S. officials tell The Associated Press that William D. Swenson has submitted a formal request to the Army and officials are working with him to allow his return.
Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor on Tuesday for
risking his life to recover bodies
and save fellow troops during a lengthy battle against the Taliban near the Pakistan border in 2009. He was an embedded trainer with the Afghan Border Police Mentor Team, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the request until a decision was made.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says Swenson exemplifies the best and the bravest that our country has to offer. "Given his unparalleled contribution to protecting our nationâ??s freedom, it is no surprise that he is affiliated with the 10th Mountain Division. Captain Swensonâ??s heroism, compassion and willingness to risk his own life to protect his comrades is extraordinary and makes him a most deserving recipient of this Medal of Honor," said Schumer (D, New York).
Swenson, 34, retired from the military in February 2011. He has a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal and lives in Seattle.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this article.