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Army Soldier Receives Medal of Honor for Bravery in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor to Army Spc. Ty Michael Carter in a ceremony Monday in the East Room of the White House.

President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest combat valor award, to Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter on Monday for Carter’s heroic actions during the Battle of Kamdesh at a combat outpost in the Nuristan Province of Afghanistan.

On Oct. 3, 2009, more than 300 anti-Afghan forces attempted to overtake Combat Outpost (COP) Keating, where Carter and the 52 other members of B Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment were stationed.

Even as he was wounded, outgunned and outmanned, Carter reinforced troops along southern defense line with additional ammunition, prevented further the breach of COP Keating’s southern flank, killed enemy troops, and treated and rescued wounded soldier Spc. Stephan L. Mace. Carter, along with other members of the B Troop, held the outpost until reinforcements arrived twelve hours after initial attacks.

According to the U.S. Army narrative, the attack on COP Keating and a neighboring observation post was “a coordinated, complex attack the magnitude and intensity of which had not been seen in the Kamdesh since Coalition Forces toppled the Taliban eight years earlier.”

COP Keating had been ordered closed Oct. 1, only days before the attack. When the outpost came under fire by anti-Afghan forces, both inside and outside the compound, Carter’s actions were critical to the defense of the southern side of the outpost.

Eight soldiers were killed and 25 were injured on Oct. 3, but the Army notes, “the outcome might have been very different without the valor of Carter and Larson, who … prevented a platoon-sized enemy element from penetrating the wire.”

Carter is the 12th soldier to receive the Medal of Honor since U.S. soldiers began engaging conflicts in Afghanistan, and then Iraq, in 2001.

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