Kelsey Long must have been very excited on last Tuesday. That was the day that her army guy, Ret. Army Captain William Swenson, got well deserved recognition for his heroic actions in Afghanistan four years ago. The Medal of Honor was awarded to him. He was recognized for actions taken on September 8, 2009, during a seven hour firefight against Taliban fighters. Swenson ran back repeatedly into enemy fire to rescue both Americans and Afghan soldiers wounded during the ambush.
Kelsey was there during the ceremony to see President Obama, Vice president Biden, families of the fallen and rescued soldiers all honor her man. He is among the most decorated soldiers in the last few decades. He has received a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and over ten other awards and decorations.
Obama praised his valor highly. Vice President Joe Biden, first lady Michelle Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sat in the front row, alongside members of Congress. Swenson’s parents, Julia and Carl, along with Kelsey, were in the audience, as well as family members whose loved ones were killed or saved in the battle.
Kelsey must be very proud of Will. They have been living in Seattle since his retirement in 2011. But now Will has said that he wants to return to active duty. Poor Kelsey, there will be many sleepless nights ahead for her if he does.