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Rep. Duncan Hunter Wants Answers In Medal Of Honor Case

June 11, 2013

The controversial Medal of Honor case of Army Captain Will Swenson has been in limbo since 2009 and Rep. Duncan Hunter says that the Pentagon has re-opened the case for review. It all stems from a Sept. 8, 2009,  ambush in Kunar province, Afghanistan that lasted 6 hours and left 5 dead.


The Pentagon’s investigative agency is examining a controversial Medal of Honor case that has been in limbo for nearly four years, according to a new letter from a congressman concerned about the issue.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., said in a letter sent to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday that he is aware Defense Department Inspector General Lynne Halbrooks “re-opened an investigation into the Medal of Honor nomination of Army Captain Will Swenson.” The new review began recently, said Joe Kasper, a spokesman for Hunter. A spokeswoman for the IG, Bridgette Serchak, declined to comment.

It’s the latest twist in a case that began on Sept. 8, 2009, when the Army captain and other U.S. forces were ambushed in Kunar province, Afghanistan, while serving as advisers to Afghan forces there. The six-hour battle in the village of Ganjgal killed five U.S. troops, and launched a national outcry about why they were repeatedly denied air and artillery support by Army officers on a nearby base.