Melbourne, Florida – October 15, 2013 – Today President Obama awarded the third 10th Mountain Division soldier our nation’s highest medal, the Medal of Honor. Captain William Swenson won this award for his gallantry on the field of battle in Afghanistan at the village of Ganjgal in September 2009.
The day before today’s award ceremony in the east room of the White House, William Swenson attended a 10th Mountain Division laying of the wreath ceremony at the World War II Monument located on the National Mall in Washington, DC. This ceremony was part of the National Association and the Descendants of the 10th Mountain Division’s 2013 reunion which took place on October 11th – 14th at the Hilton Hotel - Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.
The National Association of the 10th Mountain Division and the 10th Mountain Division Descendants meet every three years to celebrate the legacy of the 10th Mountain Division. In 2007 they held their reunion in Denver Colorado and in Watertown, NY in 2010. Watertown is the home of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division.
The other two 10th Mountain Division soldiers who received the Medal of Honor were John David Magrath, 3rd Battalion, 85th Infantry for his heroism in Italy during WWII and Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti, 3rd Battle Combat Team (BCT) for this heroism during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
For more information about the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division and the 10th Mountain Division Descendents please visit their web pages.