Surrounded by hundreds of Taliban fighters, the military says Staff Sgt. Ty Carter put down his weapon and carried one his own men to safety.
Carter was one of just a handful defending their Army outpost on that day in 2009, fewer than 60 American soldiers against almost 300 insurgents. At the end of the Battle of Kamdesh, called one of the most intense battles of the war in Afghanistan, eight Americans were dead and 22 were wounded. Carter was one of those 22, but disregarded his own injuries to continue to fight.
When he saw his fellow soldiers inside a Humvee, surrounded by enemy fire without adequate supplies to fire back, Carter reportedly made three trips to get supplies to those men.
One of the men inside, Spc. Stephan Mace, was mortally wounded. Carter cast his own weapon aside to carry Mace to safety.
For his heroism on that day, the former Fort Carson soldier will become only the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. President Obama will award Carter in a ceremony Monday.
Though now at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State, at the time of the battle, Carter was assigned to the Black Knight Troop of the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment out of Fort Carson.
According to the White House, the Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguishes themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while:
• engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
• engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
• serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.