A former Fort Carson Soldier is receiving the military’s highest declaration, the Medal of Honor.
Army Staff Sergeant Ty M. Carter is being honored for saving a fellow soldier during one of the most intense battles in the war in Afghanistan. It happened at Combat Outpost Keating October 3, 2009.
The military says Ssgt Carter put down his weapon and braved enemy fire in order to carry fellow soldier Spc. Stephan L. Mace to safety. Spc. Mace survived the battle.
Ssgt. Carter is also credited with providing accurate fire against the enemy, even though he was wounded.
That day nearly 300 insurgents surrounded outpost Keating and attacked with heavy fire and rocket propelled grenades. Fifty-three American soldiers were stationed there. Eight died in the battle, and another 22 were wounded.
President Obama will award Ssgt. Carter with the Medal of Honor at the White House August 26.
Another former Fort Carson soldier, Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha, also received the Medal of Honor for his actions and bravery during the same battle.