Beyond the Call of Duty

From America’s Freedom Fighters:

Brothers in Arms

Captain William Swenson - A HERO WITH COURAGE & CHARACTER

Captain William Swenson – A HERO WITH COURAGE & CHARACTER


Rare helmet-cam video shot in Afghanistan by a Medevac helicopter crew during the Battle of Ganjal Gar shows Capt. Will Swenson braving enemy fire to help his friend, mortally wounded First Sgt. Kenneth Westbrook, onto the aircraft.

He leans in and kisses the wounded soldier on the head in an act of compassion and loyalty to his brother-in-arms. As the door closes and the helicopter takes off, Swenson turns and runs back to the battle!

After rescuing Westbrook, Swenson would venture three more times into the kill zone of a Taliban ambush to save more than a dozen wounded comrades and recover the bodies of four slain American servicemen.

This video depicts the battlefield actions of Cpt. William Swenson on Sept. 8, 2009 near the village of Ganjgal in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, as he directs MedEvac landing for the evacuation of his critically injured teammate, Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Westbrook. The video was captured by two different MedEvac crew members and shows each crew member’s perspective of events spanning the same time period.

This video is courtesy of Mrs. Charlene Westbrook.

Army Capt. Will Swenson received the Medal of Honor for his bravery while defending his country. The small act of kindness caught on video shows his real nature, even in the middle of combat.

A man of valor, Captain, we thank you for your service.


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9 Responses to Beyond the Call of Duty

  1. Hardnox says:


    Hand salute!

  2. Uriel says:

    We often wonder our reactions in times of crisis…this man should be our example of hero and bravery. Salute and prayers of thankfulness that you were there. Capt. Swenson. God Bless and keep all of our men and women who serve with honor and resolve for our country’s freedom.

    • Kathy says:

      Indeed he did serve with honor. I find it appalling that it took us 4+ years to learn about this and that there are not more similar stories published about guys like him. Not to slight Swenson, but there are more men of valor we should be hearing about.

      • Uriel says:

        Absolutely. IF the miltary wanted to they could boost moral better with good rather than bad tales. While I know it is probably considered crowing, knowing our children aregoing beyond tge everyday helps everyone.

      • Uriel says:

        It Might even spur a few diehard demoidiots to understand what we would stand to gain or lose AND why so many citizens are getting fed up with kissing the arses of people.

  3. CW says:

    That was such a touching story, Kathy. I’m sure that kiss on the head of his friend and fellow soldier was a pure and spontaneous show of concern and regard. Captain Swenson is indeed a hero with courage and character.