This clip from ’60 Minutes’ on Medal of Honor recipient Army Capt. Will Swenson is over a year old, but it’s making the rounds today for all the right reasons. Capt. Swenson’s story needs to be shared with all, as he’s the first living United States Army officer to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. In September 2009, Swenson boldly helped move his wounded brothers to a helicopter during heavy fighting in Eastern Kunar Province in Afghanistan. From his official Medal of Honor citation:
Returning even more deeply through the kill zone toward the location of the head of column in search of the four U.S. servicemen, Swenson’s party first rescued and recovered several Afghan National Security Force wounded and dead. Finally, Swenson and a small contingent recovered the four fallen U.S. servicemen who had been discovered by a search and rescue aircraft at noon. The 6-7 hour firefight caused 15 coalition deaths, including the four U.S. servicemen; also, Swenson’s sergeant, Kenneth Westbrook, died of his wounds after returning from Afghanistan. Swenson’s actions are believed to have directly contributed to saving more than a dozen Afghan lives.
Swenson is a hero through-and-through. A helmet cam captured the absolute mayhem, including an incredible moment when he put his wounded sergeant, Kenneth Westbrook, on the helicopter. ”
“Bro” gets a bad rap every now and then, but this is the very definition of a Bro move. At the end of the day, we all should strive to be a little bit more like him.
Bless these heroes.
[H/T: Elite Daily]