A former Army captain hailed for bravery during combat in Afghanistan in 2009 will be awarded the Medal of Honor next month.

President Obama will award the honor to Capt. William Swenson, who retired in 2011 and lives in Seattle.

The White House says Captain Swenson will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions during combat operations in Kunar Province on September 8, 2009, while serving as an Embedded Trainer and Mentor of the Afghan National Security Forces.

According to Stars and Stripes, Swenson was first nominated in 2009, but Marine Gen. John Allen, then the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, resubmitted the paperwork in 2011 after officials said the original nomination had been lost.

Swenson will be the sixth living recipient to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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