Hall of Heroes: Honoring Ty Carter
Posted by Mina Farzad on August 23
On August 26, 2013, President Obama will award the Medal of Honor—our nation’s highest military honor—to Staff Sergeant Ty M. Carter for his actions during a firefight in Afghanistan in October 2009. Since 9/11, over 2.5 million Americans have served in the wars but only eleven have received our nation’s highest military honor. Carter will become the twelfth. Read past stories of courage and valor in our Hall of Heroes.
- Staff Sergeant Clinton L. Romesha
- Sergeant Dakota Meyer
- Sergeant First Class Leroy Arthur Petry
- Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta
- Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller
- Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti
- Specialist Ross A. McGinnis
- Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor
- Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy
- Corporal Jason L. Dunham
- Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith
Born: January 1980 in Spokane, Washington
Served: 1998 - 2002 (USMC), 2008 - Present (US Army)
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Unit: 7th Infantry Division
Branch: U.S. Army
On August 26, 2013, President Obama will present Staff Sergeant Ty M. Carter with the military’s most prestigious honor—the Medal of Honor. Staff Sgt. Carter is only the twelfth out of 2.5 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the award. Amid these wars, Carter is only one of five living recipients.
Ty is being recognized for his valorous actions on October 3, 2009, at Combat Outpost Keating in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan. 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.
You can click here to read Carter's Official Narrative.
- CNN: After giving the military a second try, soldier to receive top honor
- Stars and Stripes: Ty M. Carter to Receive Medal of Honor for Actions in Afghanistan
- AP: Soldier to Receive Medal of Honor Recounts Battle
The Medal of Honor: By the Numbers
Since Congress began awarding the Medal of Honor in 1861, over 3,460 service members have received the honor. The award has become increasingly rare since the Vietnam era. During the Vietnam War, 249 servicemen were awarded the Medal of Honor; since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began in 2001 and 2003, respectively, only twelve service members have received the honor, seven of them posthumously. To learn more about the Medal of Honor and recipients from prior conflicts, visit the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
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