WASHINGTON D.C.-President Barack Obama awarded Joint Base Lewis-McChord Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter the Medal of Honor during a tear-filled ceremony Monday for his actions four years ago during a firefight in Afghanistan.
The soldier assigned to Headquarters Support Company, 7th Infantry Division received the nation's highest military honor for his courageous actions while serving as a cavalry scout with Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations at Combat Outpost Keating, in Kamdesh District, Nuristan province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009.
He helped his fellow soldiers endure a six-hour battle when enemy fighters attempted to overrun Combat Outpost Keating using heavy small-arms fire and indirect fire Oct. 3, 2009 in the Kamdesh district of Afghanistan’s Nuristan province.
Carter resupplied ammunition to fighting positions throughout the battle, provided first aid to a battle buddy, killed enemy troops and risked his life to save a fellow soldier who was injured and pinned down by overwhelming enemy fire.
Carter will be the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. Following the Medal of Honor presentation, he will be inducted into the Hall of Heroes.