On Tuesday, President Obama will present former Army Captain William D. Swenson with the Congressional Medal of Honor for “courageous actions” while serving overseas in Afghanistan in 2009.
President Obama has bestowed the Medal of Honor on Capt. Emil Kapaun, an Army chaplain who died in captivity after providing aid and comfort to fellow soldiers during the Korean War. Obama presented the award to Kapaun's nephew.
On December 15th, 1967, Lynch and the rest of his platoon were on their way back for a well-deserved rest when they were called in to support another company that had been outnumbered by an enemy force. Under intense fire, Lynch carried three wounded soldiers to safety, and single-handedly defended them against the advancing enemy force for several hours.