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Medal of Honor soldier asks to return to active duty
WASHINGTON (AP) - The former Army captain receiving the Medal of Honor on Tuesday has asked to return to active duty in the Army.
Two U.S. officials tell The Associated Press that William D. Swenson has submitted a formal request to the Army and officials are working with him to allow his return.
Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor on Tuesday for risking his life to recover bodies and save fellow troops during a lengthy battle against the Taliban near the Pakistan border in 2009.
The fight claimed five Americans, 10 Afghan army troops and an interpreter.
President Barack Obama says a former Army captain who survived one of the Afghan war's deadliest firefights is a reminder that Americans look out for one another even when it's difficult.
Swenson was a trainer and mentor embedded with the Afghan National Security Forces in Afghanistan's Kunar Province.
Swenson, 34, retired from the military in February 2011. He has a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal and lives in Seattle.
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