Ty Carter to get Medal of Honor for Afghan firefight

July 26, 2013

President Obama will bestow the Medal of Honor on an Army staff sergeant for his courageous action during a day-long firefight in Afghanistan, the White House said Friday.

Ty Carter, a former Marine who later enlisted in the Army, will be recognized Aug. 26 at the White House for his action during a 2009 battle at a mountain outpost where U.S. troops were far outnumbered.

The Army says Carter killed enemy troops, resupplied ammunition to U.S. fighters, rendered first aid and risked his own life to save an injured soldier pinned down by a barrage of enemy fire. Carter, who grew up in Spokane, Wash., was also awarded a Purple Heart.

In February, Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to another survivor of that firefight, former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha.

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