Transcript for Capt. William Swenson Receives Medal of Honor Four Years After Surviving Brutal Firefight
At moments like this. Americans like will. Remind us 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 what it's easy but also when it's or. Maybe especially when it's -- And well you're an example to everyone in this city. And to our whole country. The professionalism and patriotism that we should strive -- whether we Wear the uniform or not. Not just on. Particular occasions but all the time. We assume that day was going to be an attempt to reach out to the Afghan village weekends ago. And we were trying to. So the middle branch our intention was to move during darkness towards the village and at first light. We'd be outside the village that we build a movie and with the villagers knowing that were there first like we approached the village. Our security element has entered the village itself and we start receiving fire. Surfers plus west for its excellent and have a responsibility. And he if operate. Hands he had managed to move 600 meters of walks will severely wounded. And do numerous programs essentially getting up and running under fire and and finding covered -- He had done this all the way down to the sport but by -- we. Sat him down on the door the helicopter and I wanted to convey to him that -- was proud -- them. And that his fight was. He's done everything he could it's time for him to. Being able to see it. Brings humanity to -- battlefield I believe it shows that bond that every soldier every sailor every airman and every marine house with their fellow servicemen were. And it was a unique opportunity for the family to see their husband -- father. Walk off that battlefield into a crowd. Of an incredible and so thankful. We fought as a team on that battlefield. I had Marines next to me on that battlefield. I had Armey next to me on -- battlefield. I -- after. Next to -- and I -- We have made mid air force ever -- was represented on the battlefield. And we stood side by side and I can't differentiate my actions. On the battlefield and what what this -- represents to me. Acts that I saw the acts that I witnessed the bravery the heroism and everyone on the battlefield I now have the burden of insuring. But the dignity and character if folks. Living one's business -- -- long and recognized. And also recognize -- what our service members do is reflected in the --
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