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October 16, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel apologized Wednesday to Army Capt. William Swenson, the most recent Medal of Honor recipient, for mistakes that delayed Swenson's award. Hagel said mistakes were made in losing Swenson's nomination and that the Army had corrected its error. Hagel spoke during a ceremony at the Pentagon inducting Swenson into the Hall of Heroes, a day after Swenson was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama at the White House for his selfless actions during the Battle of Ganjgal in Afghanistan on Sept.
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October 15, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
President Obama on Tuesday awarded a former U.S. Army captain the Medal of Honor for his bravery in a fierce firefight in Afghanistan. In a televised ceremony, the president awarded the nation's highest military honor to William D. Swenson for his efforts helping Afghanistan forces during a battle against the Taliban in the Ganjgal Valley. “You are a remarkable role model for all of us and we are very grateful for your service,” Obama said after securing the medal and blue-ribbon around Swenson's neck.
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October 15, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - Army Capt. William Swenson on Tuesday became the sixth living veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to be awarded the Medal of Honor, but the honor came after more than four years of controversy over the battle in which he risked his life saving fellow servicemen. Swenson stood beside President Obama in the White House's East Room as the president recounted Swenson's actions during the Battle of Ganjgal in Afghanistan on Sept. 8, 2009, when he repeatedly ran back into the line of fire to retrieve fallen soldiers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nicholas Oresko, an Army master sergeant who was badly wounded as he single-handedly took out two enemy bunkers during the Battle of the Bulge in 1945, died Friday. The World War II veteran was 96 and had been the nation's oldest living Medal of Honor recipient. Oresko had been hospitalized after injuring himself in a fall at an assisted-living center in Cresskill, N.J. According to officials at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, he died of complications from surgery for a broken right femur.
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August 26, 2013 | By Alexei Koseff
WASHINGTON - Early on Oct. 3, 2009, more than 300 Taliban fighters attacked Combat Outpost Keating from the hills surrounding the small, remote U.S. Army base in eastern Afghanistan. During the next 12 hours, machine-gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades rained down from every direction. The enemy penetrated the camp. Eight American soldiers were killed and 25 others injured as they battled to repel the invaders. Amid the chaos, Staff Sgt. Ty Carter sprinted through a hail of bullets to resupply troops with ammunition, rescued a wounded soldier trapped under fire, and returned to fight after being hit by shrapnel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A soldier from Northern California will receive the Medal of Honor for bravery during combat in Afghanistan, the White House announced Monday. Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter will receive the medal from President Obama in a White House ceremony set for Aug. 26. Carter, 33, is being recognized for bravery during a six-hour battle in Afghanistan's mountainous Nuristan province on Oct., 3, 2009. Eight U.S. soldiers were killed and 25 wounded as enemy fighters attempted, unsuccessfully, to overrun Combat Outpost Keating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2013
Henri Dutilleux French composer of modernist music Henri Dutilleux, 97, a highly regarded French composer of modernist music, died Thursday in Paris, said his publisher, Schott Music. The cause was not given. Considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century, Dutilleux received international acclaim, and his music is performed regularly by major orchestras. He wasn't a prolific writer, but his style, singular voice and iconoclastic tendencies won him admirers around the world, inviting comparisons to Pierre Boulez and Olivier Messiaen.
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April 11, 2013 | By Wes Venteicher
WASHINGTON -- President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously Thursday to former Army Chaplain Emil Kapaun, a Korean War officer who is better remembered for his humility and kindness in prison camps than for his role in combat. “This is an amazing story,” Obama said at the ceremony. “Father Kapaun has been called a shepherd in combat boots.” Kapaun, a Catholic priest from Kansas, died in a North Korean prison camp 62 years ago. A handful of Korean War veterans, some of whom served with Kapaun, attended Thursday's ceremony.
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April 11, 2013 | By Wes Venteicher, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - When men who served in the Korean War with Emil Kapaun describe him, they do not talk about the acts most commonly associated with the Medal of Honor: He fell on no grenades, captured no enemy machine guns, killed no enemy soldiers. For those who spent time with him in North Korean prison camps, the Army chaplain's most heroic acts were sharing food he stole from nearby farms, washing men sick with dysentery and persuading many to keep up the brutal struggle for life.
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February 11, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A former Californian was awarded the nation's highest military honor on Monday for his efforts against a 2009 Taliban attack on his Afghanistan outpost that U.S. officials have described as tactically indefensible. Former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha, 31, received the Medal of Honor from President Obama during a nationally televised ceremony Monday. Romesha is the fourth living recipient who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan. Seven others who fought in those conflicts have received the medal posthumously . Romesha grew up in Lake City in Northern California, near the Oregon border, and now lives in Minot, N.D., with his wife and three children, all of whom attended Monday's ceremony.
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