Kelsey Long must have been very excited on October 15, 2013. 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.
Here is what we know about Kelsey Long:
Who is Army Capt. Will Swenson’s former Girlfriend?
There is little known about Captain Will Swenson’s girlfriend, save for the contributing role she played during her boyfriend’s Medal of Honor reception ceremony and the House of Heroes induction ceremony that was held a day after the couple attended the White House ceremony hosted by President Obama.
She sat to his right, next to his mother during the ceremony held at the Pentagon. The blonde looked dashing in her formal white dress.
Will Swenson maintained a stern look, never smiling or giving away his emotions. Kelsey sat with her arms crossed, leaning away from her then-boyfriend for the majority of the ceremony.
The couple’s demeanors did not reflect a sliver of closeness, and there was little back-and-forth between the pair. When Will finally spoke, he talked about seeing the strength of a nation. Looking into the crowd, Will noted that he came from the other Washington, not full of bureaucrats and government officials. The statement bore a sentiment about his aloofness.
His speech during the Halls of Induction ceremony was over as soon as it began. The impact was huge as everyone gave him a standing ovation, including Kelsey Long.
Credits Department of Defense, Army Capt. William D. Swenson, applauding Marines
Descending from the stage, he first hugged the Marines that served with him. Kelsey watched on valiantly by his side as the ceremony drew to a close.
A careful examination of social media accounts belonging to Captain Will Swenson did not reveal any posts about his girlfriend and the fact that she was following him at all.
Our research uncovered various individuals going by the name Kelsey Long from Seattle, Washington. The most likely match to Will Swenson’s former girlfriend is an entertainment and business drama graduate.
She has held several jobs, including as an event intern, production intern, bartender, office assistant, cocktail server, consumer advocate, and sales leader. Could this be a simple case of mistaken identity?
Well, at this point, we may have to contend to guesswork and assumptions before the real Kelsey Long comes forward. She was even notably absent during Captain Will Stewnson’s interviews with the media.
Where is Will Swenson Medal Of Honor Recipient now?
Before receiving the Medal of Honor, Will Swenson was reportedly unemployed and still struggling with the horrors of war. In February 2011, he had left the army but had been nominated for a Medal of Honor.
He had been critical of his superiors for not providing aerial support, which was speculated to have delayed his award until two years later.
Will Swenson often found solitude in the mountains. He expressed that he wanted to rejoin the army, and his wish was granted in April 2014. Eventually, the Army reprimanded three officers for neglected leadership. He is among the 85 Living Medal of Honor Recipients. The honor also comes with a life pension and other benefits.
Kelsey Long During the Medal of Honor Recipient Active Service
Here is a video of William Swenson’s Pentagon Induction family attended by Kelsey Long and Swenson’s family:
William D. Swenson’s Girlfriend Kelsey Long Family
Who are Kelsey Long’s parents and siblings? There is little known about Williams D. Swenson’s girlfriend’s family. Regarding her age, she may be anywhere between 35 years to 42 years, based on estimates.
Is Captain Will Swenson Married?
Will Swenson is not yet married, as per public records. It’s not yet known if he has a fiance. For the most part, he keeps his private life under the wraps and is known for being very quiet and keeping to himself. He often talked about sharing a close bond with the servicemen he served with in Afghanistan.
What’s known about Army Captain William D. Swenson’s Family?
It’s known that he grew up in Seattle and was the son of college professors Julia and Carl Swenson. William Swenson graduated from Seattle University’s College of Arts and Sciences with a BA in Political Science in 2001. He first contemplated joining the State Department before seeing the contribution of the US Army, which resulted in his decision to enroll in cadet school in 2001 at Ft. Benning, Georgia. His parents also ensured that he received a Jesuit education.
Who is Will Swenson Actor’s Wife?
Will Swenson, the actor, not William D. Swenson, has been married to Audra McDonald since 2012. He has one daughter with Audra and two sons from his marriage to Amy Westerby, his first wife.
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