This is Staff Sergeant Ty Michael Carter, and earlier today he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. I haven’t really seen him on my dash today, and this is a man whose actions deserve recognition.
“On Oct. 3, 2009, many Soldiers distinguished themselves when more than 400 Anti-Afghan forces, or AAF, attempted to overrun Combat Outpost, or COP, Keating, a company-sized outpost in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan. On that day, of the 53 members of B Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, who defended the position, eight Soldiers were killed, and more than 25 were injured.
Of these men, one Soldier’s gallantry stood out. Without regard to his own safety, Spc. Ty Michael Carter proved himself time and time again. He resupplied ammunition to fighting positions, provided first aid to a battle buddy, killed enemy troops, and valiantly risked his own life to save a fellow Soldier who was injured and pinned down by overwhelming enemy fire. He did all this while under heavy small arms and indirect fire that lasted more than six hours.
Carter’s actions of risking his life above and beyond the call of duty, while engaged in combat against the enemies of the United States, were heroic, and he would be a most deserving recipient of the Medal of Honor for his fearless and decisive actions that day.”
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Carter’s experiences led him to become active in helping veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars deal with PTSD. One of only two Medal of Honor recipients still on active duty, he is now stationed with the 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in his home state.