Swenson completed Officer Candidate School in September 2002 and commissioned into the infantry.
BVR: Do you have a relationship these days with Army Captain Will Swenson?
DM: I still think Will Swenson deserves the medal and I think that he acted courageously that day.
Throughout the White House ceremony and in subsequent interviews, Swenson maintained a stoic calm.
For Army vet Matt Gallagher, Swenson represents the best of a new generation of veterans.
“What I am doing may be all wrong,” he admitted to Swenson, who came often to lean upon the hitching-pole and offer aid.
He travels, thought Mr. Swenson, the fastest who travels alone.
Mrs. Swenson,” Florence repeated, louder this time, “what shall we plant?
When he awoke it was noon, and Swenson, the guard, was standing over him.
Mr. Swenson, much as he disliked competition, was ready to put up with it, provided that it was fair competition.