Former U.S. Army Capt. William Swenson, of Seattle, Washington, calls for air support on his radio during the ambush in Ganjgal, Afghanistan. Jonathan S. Landay/MCT
Questions Surround Army Captain’s ‘Lost’ Nomination For Medal Of Honor -- McClatchy News
WASHINGTON — Like other U.S. trainers with the Afghan force that day, former Army Capt. William Swenson had expected light resistance. Instead, the contingent walked into a furious six-hour gunfight with Taliban ambushers in which Swenson repeatedly charged through intense fire to retrieve wounded and dead.
The 2009 battle of Ganjgal is perhaps the most remarkable of the Afghan war for its extraordinary heroism and deadly incompetence. It produced dozens of casualties, career-killing reprimands and a slew of commendations for valor. They included two Medal of Honor nominations, one for Swenson.
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My Comment: I commented last year that if his military colleagues are even 50% correct in their combat reports on Army Captain William Swenson and his role in the 2009 Battle of Ganjgal .... he should (in my opinion) be considered for a Medal Of Honor. But .... as I said in this post last year .... his criticism of the military leadership and their rules of engagement in Afghanistan after the battle has made him a pariah among many senior officers .... and (sadly) it looks like many of them are still holding a grudge.