WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama bestowed the nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, on Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter on Monday, saluting the veteran of the war in Afghanistan as “the essence of true heroism,” one still engaged in a battle against the lingering emotional fallout of war.
Carter risked his life to save an injured soldier, resupply ammunition to his comrades and render first aid during intense fighting in a remote mountain outpost 4 years ago.
“As these soldiers and families will tell you, they’re a family forged in battle, and loss, and love,” Obama said as Carter stood at his side and members of his unit watched in the White House East Room.
Then as an Army specialist, Carter sprinted from his barracks into a ferocious firefight, a daylong battle on Oct. 3, 2009, that killed eight of his fellow soldiers as they tried to defend their outpost – at the bottom of a valley and surrounded by high mountains – from the onslaught of a much larger force of Taliban and local fighters.
In February, Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on another survivor of that firefight, former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha. It was the first time since the Vietnam War that two living soldiers of the same battle were presented with the Medal of Honor.
Carter, 33, is a former Marine who later enlisted in the Army. He has received a Purple Heart and many other military medals.