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(CBS News)   Former Army captain and Afghan war veteran William Swenson, becomes only the 6th living Medal of Honor recipient after being awarded the nation's highest military honor by President Obama   (cbsnews.com) divider line 136
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2013-10-15 07:36:03 PM
In before WHY IS OBAMA WASTING TIME WITH THIS STUFF WHEN THE GOVERNMENT IS SHUT DOWN?!?!
 
2013-10-15 07:39:44 PM
He wasn't even supposed to be there that day.
 
2013-10-15 07:59:37 PM
Kill box.  His superiors didn't send shiat to help them.

You stood tall Captain Swenson.
 
2013-10-15 08:22:58 PM

2wolves: Kill box.  His superiors didn't send shiat to help them.

You stood tall Captain Swenson.


This. Then His Holiness David Petraeus stuck his packet in a desk drawer and then said he 'Forgot all about it' when confronted about it.
 
2013-10-15 08:23:20 PM
Uh, I'm pretty sure there are more than six living MoH recipients.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_living_Medal_of_Honor_recipient s
 
2013-10-15 08:25:00 PM
The maddening thing is that he's trying to return to active duty.  It will be hard for the Army to turn him down, but after his criticism of his commanders, he'll probably wind up as OIC of the rifle range at Fort Riley.
 
2013-10-15 08:25:19 PM
This was the same battle that Dakota Meyer earned his MOH.  In fact, In Meyer's autobiography, he spent a few chapters excoriating the Army unit responsible for the team's artillery support, and praising Army Capt. Swenson.

I am very supprised that they announced this, because for a long time Swenson's citation paperwork was "lost."  It was a terrible farkup by some Army brass that primarily resulted in dead Marines and Sailor.  I thought inter-service drama and politics was going to ensure Capt. Swenson never got the recognition he deserved.
 
2013-10-15 08:26:40 PM
He's handsome.
 
2013-10-15 08:26:56 PM
Thanks, Obama.
 
2013-10-15 08:29:13 PM

The WindowLicker: This was the same battle that Dakota Meyer earned his MOH.  In fact, In Meyer's autobiography, he spent a few chapters excoriating the Army unit responsible for the team's artillery support, and praising Army Capt. Swenson.

I am very supprised that they announced this, because for a long time Swenson's citation paperwork was "lost."  It was a terrible farkup by some Army brass that primarily resulted in dead Marines and Sailor.  I thought inter-service drama and politics was going to ensure Capt. Swenson never got the recognition he deserved.


He sounds like a standup guy.  Then again, MOH recipients always are.  If more people were like this man the world would be a much better place.
 
2013-10-15 08:29:31 PM

dittybopper: Uh, I'm pretty sure there are more than six living MoH recipients.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_living_Medal_of_Honor_recipient s


Jesus Christ that headline fails so much.

LIVING member of the action he is being awarded for. Hooked on phonics and sh*t.
 
2013-10-15 08:30:16 PM

Klippoklondike: The WindowLicker: This was the same battle that Dakota Meyer earned his MOH.  In fact, In Meyer's autobiography, he spent a few chapters excoriating the Army unit responsible for the team's artillery support, and praising Army Capt. Swenson.

I am very supprised that they announced this, because for a long time Swenson's citation paperwork was "lost."  It was a terrible farkup by some Army brass that primarily resulted in dead Marines and Sailor.  I thought inter-service drama and politics was going to ensure Capt. Swenson never got the recognition he deserved.

He sounds like a standup guy.  Then again, MOH recipients always are.  If more people were like this man the world would be a much better place.


Agreed.  He should be in Congress, but I wouldn't want to wish that on the man.
 
2013-10-15 08:30:21 PM
Just in time to cover his ass over shutting the WWII memorial down.
 
2013-10-15 08:31:50 PM
And how many right-wingers are decrying this a political move to avoid the military uprising?
 
2013-10-15 08:32:14 PM

NewportBarGuy: dittybopper: Uh, I'm pretty sure there are more than six living MoH recipients.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_living_Medal_of_Honor_recipient s

Jesus Christ that headline fails so much.

LIVING member of the action he is being awarded for. Hooked on phonics and sh*t.


Even that isn't correct. "Swenson is the sixth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  "
 
2013-10-15 08:32:29 PM

INeedAName: And how many right-wingers are decrying this a political move to avoid the military uprising?


I see I was just a bit too late...
 
2013-10-15 08:34:17 PM
...and...
Just saw that Captain Giant Brass Balls has requested to return to active duty.
Can't blame him.
 
2013-10-15 08:34:19 PM

Klippoklondike: He sounds like a standup guy. Then again, MOH recipients always are. If more people were like this man the world would be a much better place.


I was in a unit with a number of the members of that ETT (prior to this incident).  To a man, they are/were all amazing people.

The embedded training teams are small, and tend to a relatively select group.  In my mind, they were examples of the best of our Military.  I am just sad so many of them are now civilians/dead.
 
2013-10-15 08:34:30 PM
Damn, that video, it was so realistic that the dust that the helicopter was kicking up got right into my damned eye. Need to be more cautious with what you post, Subs.
 
2013-10-15 08:37:04 PM
From the citation: "When the column was surrounded by enemy fighters that advanced within 50 meters, Swenson responded to Taliban demands for surrender by throwing a hand grenade, an act of defiance that rallied his comrades to repel the enemy advance."
 
2013-10-15 08:38:02 PM

general tso: From the citation: "When the column was surrounded by enemy fighters that advanced within 50 meters, Swenson responded to Taliban demands for surrender by throwing a hand grenade, an act of defiance that rallied his comrades to repel the enemy advance."


Nice.
 
2013-10-15 08:38:28 PM

Saners: Even that isn't correct. "Swenson is the sixth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. "


Why do they always f*ck up these stories?

*sigh*


Good timing too. No one is paying attention to it.
 
2013-10-15 08:40:05 PM
Those comments.... they make youtube comments look intelligent.
 
2013-10-15 08:42:37 PM
I'm holding out for a true hero.
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-10-15 08:43:03 PM
Obunghole handing out more free stuff this is news?

just kidding...
 
2013-10-15 08:44:15 PM

dittybopper: Uh, I'm pretty sure there are more than six living MoH recipients.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_living_Medal_of_Honor_recipient s


Only six living recipients from Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
2013-10-15 08:47:06 PM
Listening to "The Day That Never Comes" whilst reading this. I hope the best for this bad ass.
 
2013-10-15 08:47:13 PM
Oh. The thread headline.
Yes.

WTF subbster?
 
2013-10-15 08:48:43 PM

ScaryBottles: Obunghole handing out more free stuff this is news?

just kidding...


So you got some, then.

What kind of free stuff did he give you this time?
 
2013-10-15 08:50:04 PM

Saners: Those comments.... they make youtube comments look intelligent.


If you think those comments are bad, don't ever read the comments from a Yahoo! article.
 
2013-10-15 08:50:37 PM
They had a nice piece on NBC Nightly News tonight about him.  I saw that video before, but somehow missed him giving a kiss to that wounded soldier he was helping into the helicopter.  Seems like a good guy.
 
2013-10-15 08:52:47 PM

Marcus Aurelius: ScaryBottles: Obunghole handing out more free stuff this is news?

just kidding...

So you got some, then.

What kind of free stuff did he give you this time?


just kidding = I wanna run my mouth but not be held accountable
 
2013-10-15 08:53:55 PM
Figures.  Obama gives the medal to a guy who kissed another man instead of REAL AMERICAN for killing others.
 
2013-10-15 08:54:10 PM

ScaryBottles: Obunghole handing out more free stuff this is news?

just kidding...


I know you were joking, but I just can't understand the hatred directed at the president.  As I've said before,  it seems completely out of proportion to anything he's done.

So, what's the cause of it?  What's the explanation?

/This question is for everybody. ScaryBottles's post is just the one I attached the question to.
 
2013-10-15 08:54:36 PM

dittybopper: Uh, I'm pretty sure there are more than six living MoH recipients.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_living_Medal_of_Honor_recipient s


You now officially have your own unique favorite color on TF.  I'm calling it "encyclopedia".
 
2013-10-15 08:55:13 PM

INeedAName: INeedAName: And how many right-wingers are decrying this a political move to avoid the military uprising?

I see I was just a bit too late...


Hmmm, would this be a bit of self pawnage???
 
2013-10-15 08:55:49 PM

noitsnot: Marcus Aurelius: ScaryBottles: Obunghole handing out more free stuff this is news?

just kidding...

So you got some, then.

What kind of free stuff did he give you this time?

just kidding = I wanna run my mouth but not be held accountable


Non-accountability is my middle name.
 
2013-10-15 08:56:24 PM

eraser8: ScaryBottles: Obunghole handing out more free stuff this is news?

just kidding...

I know you were joking, but I just can't understand the hatred directed at the president.  As I've said before,  it seems completely out of proportion to anything he's done.

So, what's the cause of it?  What's the explanation?

/This question is for everybody. ScaryBottles's post is just the one I attached the question to.


I'll give you a hint it rhymes with "Tree's Track"
 
2013-10-15 08:58:41 PM
Medal of Honor recipients are often some of the most unassuming, down to earth people that you will ever meet.  They usually are not seeking out hero status prior to the incident that they are involved in.  When questioned afterwards, they often answer, " I just did what I thought was the right thing".

Makes me proud to be a veteran.

I salute you Capt Swenson.
 
2013-10-15 08:59:08 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Figures.  Obama gives the medal to a guy who kissed another man instead of REAL AMERICAN for killing others.


Not really funny.
 
2013-10-15 08:59:08 PM

noitsnot: Marcus Aurelius: ScaryBottles: Obunghole handing out more free stuff this is news?

just kidding...

So you got some, then.

What kind of free stuff did he give you this time?

just kidding = I wanna run my mouth but not be held accountable


Were your mother and father brother and sister? Seriously, it was farking joke about teabagging morons. Its intended exactly the opposite of how you construed it dig the sand out of yer' vag.
 
2013-10-15 09:00:02 PM

Marcus Aurelius: dittybopper: Uh, I'm pretty sure there are more than six living MoH recipients.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_living_Medal_of_Honor_recipient s

You now officially have your own unique favorite color on TF.  I'm calling it "encyclopedia".


Is it brown?
 
2013-10-15 09:00:23 PM

Marcus Aurelius: noitsnot: Marcus Aurelius: ScaryBottles: Obunghole handing out more free stuff this is news?

just kidding...

So you got some, then.

What kind of free stuff did he give you this time?

just kidding = I wanna run my mouth but not be held accountable

Non-accountability is my middle name.


You too princess.
 
2013-10-15 09:02:04 PM

ScaryBottles: eraser8: ScaryBottles: Obunghole handing out more free stuff this is news?

just kidding...

I know you were joking, but I just can't understand the hatred directed at the president.  As I've said before,  it seems completely out of proportion to anything he's done.

So, what's the cause of it?  What's the explanation?

/This question is for everybody. ScaryBottles's post is just the one I attached the question to.

I'll give you a hint it rhymes with "Tree's Track"


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2013-10-15 09:02:36 PM

Marcus Aurelius: I'm holding out for a true hero.
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OT, but its a damned shame that Fraser is no longer with us to write any more.
 
2013-10-15 09:03:01 PM

general tso: From the citation: "When the column was surrounded by enemy fighters that advanced within 50 meters, Swenson responded to Taliban demands for surrender by throwing a hand grenade, an act of defiance that rallied his comrades to repel the enemy advance."


Nuts
 
2013-10-15 09:03:48 PM

ScaryBottles: I'll give you a hint it rhymes with "Tree's Track"


Sleestacks!  That's everyone's least favourite Dr. Seuss.

They hate that even more than spelling an "or" with a "u" in between, I would wageour.
 
2013-10-15 09:04:08 PM

Marcus Aurelius: dittybopper: Uh, I'm pretty sure there are more than six living MoH recipients.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_living_Medal_of_Honor_recipient s

You now officially have your own unique favorite color on TF.  I'm calling it "encyclopedia".


I'm hoping it's brown.
 
2013-10-15 09:05:27 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: Satanic_Hamster: Figures.  Obama gives the medal to a guy who kissed another man instead of REAL AMERICAN for killing others.

Not really funny.

lh3.ggpht.com

 
2013-10-15 09:09:00 PM

CptnSpldng: Marcus Aurelius: I'm holding out for a true hero.
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OT, but its a damned shame that Fraser is no longer with us to write any more.


He already said all he had to say.

My biggest regret is that I never met his colonel.  Although I've met a few like him.
 
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