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It will be a special moment the White House later today when a soldier receives America's highest military honor.
Former army captain William Swenson receives the medal of honor for risking his life time and again to save his fellow troops during one of the most brutal -- -- in the war in Afghanistan.
There's dramatic helmet cam video that shows Swenson lifting his badly wounded comrade.
Into a medevac helicopter in the desert stopping -- kiss him on the forehead before returning.
To the fight.
Jennifer Griffin five the Pentagon watching this story today with more on the story of captain Swenson Jennifer.
Hi bill -- this was one of the most vicious battles in Afghanistan.
But for army captain William Swenson the first army officer to be given a medal for valor since Vietnam it is particularly bitter -- because he believes the strict.
Walls of engagement and -- delay in sending air support cost US troops.
Their lives five Americans were killed two dozen injured.
This is the same fierce battle in the -- to -- valley for which marine Sargent Dakota Meyer was given the medal of honor two years ago.
September -- 2009.
The US team was on route to meet some Afghan village elders they were ambushed and trapped.
By more than sixty Taliban the battle lasted seven hours.
But I've done anything different -- But -- I always hope that the outcome could have been different.
The real question is could the US army have done anything differently.
Two of the commanders of captain Swenson have been reprimanded and some think that that is the reason that his medal of honor.
Award was delayed they'll -- so he should he could have and should have perhaps been recognized years ago.
That's right it's currently under investigation by the army awards like this don't get lost.
And -- someone wants it to in essence captain Swenson was nominated for the medal of honor at the same time Dakota Meyer was.
But his nomination was quote lost in the army's bureaucracy.
For nineteen months most agree that it was because captain Swenson.
Who was retired early by the way spoke up and complained loudly and bitterly.
His two commanding officers were reprimanded for their inaction that day the real tragedy of that day is that instead of being rewarded for his heroism for years ago.
Captain Swenson feels he was ostracized by the army an attempt to discredit him.
He has been out of work unemployed since retiring two and a half years ago -- Jennifer watch the ceremony later today when the story Jennifer Griffin from the Pentagon there.
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