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  As you finally get back to reality after a damn fine extended weekend in observance of Labor Day, the deadline for Will Swenson’s acknowledgement is fast approaching. The end of this week is the end of the time we have to get this the attention it deserves. Everybody’s walking away from this topic because they don’t know Will or they don’t know enough about what he did for it to matter. It’s going to take more than clicking a “Like” button or some other “slacktivism” method, and Will deserves more effort than that as well. I’m not sure how a Medal of Honor award submission gets “lost” per the official report, but if the recognition for this heroic act stays lost, well then it’s a Bad Day in Blackrock for the good guys in the fight out there. This is a case of heroism and valor, and true heroism amidst the modern bastardization of that term is hard to find. The Will Swenson’s of the military and especially the officer corps are even harder to find.
 

 As you finally get back to reality after a damn fine extended weekend in observance of Labor Day, the deadline for Will Swenson’s acknowledgement is fast approaching. The end of this week is the end of the time we have to get this the attention it deserves. Everybody’s walking away from this topic because they don’t know Will or they don’t know enough about what he did for it to matter. It’s going to take more than clicking a “Like” button or some other “slacktivism” method, and Will deserves more effort than that as well. I’m not sure how a Medal of Honor award submission gets “lost” per the official report, but if the recognition for this heroic act stays lost, well then it’s a Bad Day in Blackrock for the good guys in the fight out there. This is a case of heroism and valor, and true heroism amidst the modern bastardization of that term is hard to find. The Will Swenson’s of the military and especially the officer corps are even harder to find.

If you’ve made it to Ruptured Duck then you likely know something about Will, and if not I implore you to get read-on to The Battle of Gangal as quickly as possible and help us take action. In a matter of days, this moment in time and Will’s part in that goes into the historic annals of “that’s not right” events if enough people out there don’t act.

I heard of Will’s incredible acts at The Battle of Gangal last year through Team Ruptured Duck as I had been out of contact with Will for a few years. I felt honored to know the man in this heroic act, but at the same time it seemed on the mark for the caliber of officer I knew. Will personifies calm, cool, and collected and has the persistence of a bull. He wasn’t a careerist, but instead a man looking to give it his all and have a good time doing it. Will has been through it all, and I’ve never seen it get him down, he just moves on to his next objective. Will’s friends at Team Ruptured Duck and elsewhere, along with the other men from the fight, are all advocating for him because Will doesn’t have an ounce of self-aggrandizement in his body. He’ll let it go, he’ll shake it off, and he’ll do well when he gets to his next stop, but that would be doing him a great disservice. I’d like the good guy to win this time, and Team Ruptured Duck needs your help in making it happen. In every war movie there’s the hero who doesn’t give a shit about the politics of the situation, he just cares about getting the job done and bringing his guys home. In reality, that guy is Will Swenson and he needs your help. Take 5 minutes and read-up on The Battle of Gangal and Will’s part in it via the Team Ruptured Duck blog. Call your congressional representative and ask them to pursue an answer to how a Medal of Honor nomination gets lost. The hero in this tale needs the support of everyone else out there.

“Swenson’s case, resulting from the same battle for which former Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor, is equally controversial [as that of Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta]. A recent McClatchy Newspapers report said a military investigation found that Swenson’s Medal of Honor nomination had been “lost” during the approval process and that there may have been an effort to kill the nomination entirely.”

Swenson’s nomination resurfaced once SGT Meyer’s actions came to public light, primarily during the time of Meyer receiving the award on September 15, 2011.  According to the Army Times article, Marine General John Allen, the top commander in Afghanistan, initiated an investigation as to the status and location of Swenson’s nomination.

That was then.  This is now.  The Medal of Honor nomination for Captain William Swenson has until September 8, 2012, to be signed by President Barack Obama.  Apparently, it’s lost again.  If the Army and the DOD fail to get this nomination onto the desk of the President, the nomination, for all intents and purposes, is dead.  Swenson would receive nothing.

 


Tne of our original and most ardent supporters has been Dingo 5 Mike. AKA, my mom. She has been behind Team Ruptured Duck from the start, donating a bunch of hard earned money to the charities we’ve supported. Today she got off the bench and stepped onto the field.

Savage Race Tampa covered 6.75 miles with 24 obstacles including the Shriveled Richard, Mud N Guts, and Tazed. This is not the Savage Race Bushmaster and I ran in 2010, they have seriously upped their game. D5M lived vicariously through the Duck for the last 2 1/2 years, today she got waist deep in it, literally.

Anybody can run their first mud race when they’re young and bullet proof. Try doing it when you’re a Grandparent. Three words:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”