He’s the First Living Recipient of the Medal of Honor in Nearly 40 Years. Find Out Why.

Every year, hundreds of students graduate from U.S. colleges and universities. Some graduate from military colleges and Reserve Officer programs to serve in the US military; most go into civilian life. For Seattle native Will Swenson, though not an ROTC student, civilian life wasn’t an option after the events of September 2001. So in 2002, after graduating from Seattle University, Will enlisted in the United States Army and enrolled in Officer Candidate School, earning his commission in less than three months from his college graduation. Little did he or anyone else know that eleven years later, the captain would become the first living Medal of Honor recipient in forty years. See the act of bravery and brotherly compassion and the full story of Captain Swenson’s heroics in the clip below.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.