Staff Sgt. Ty Carter To Receive Medal Of Honor For Risking Life and Saving Soldiers During Taliban
Aug 26, 2013 12:43 PM EDT
Staff Sgt. Ty Carter will receive the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama on Monday afternoon for his service accomplishments in 2009, according to NPR.
Carter, 33, will receive the prestigious award for risking his own life to save other soldiers during an attack on Oct. 3, 2009 from 300 Taliban insurgents. The army said he killed Taliban fighters, resupplied American soldiers with ammunition, and performed first aid. He was working as a specialist for the Army's Black Knight Troop.
The location of Command Outpost Keating, where the American soldiers were stationed, was vulnerable to the attack as it was set in a remote valley and surrounded by mountains. Because of the attack in 2009, the military has stopped placing troops in similar environments.
Although Carter and his fellow soldiers endured shots from the Taliban everyday, he knew this specific attack was much more serious.
"It was as if somebody kicked an ant hill," Carter said to NPR. "The bullets, the rockets, the mortars, everything, a wall of spikes - they're pointing at you."
Carter said he will accept his award with a range of emotions, both good and bad.
"I would never tell any soldier or service member, 'Hey, go out and get the Medal of Honor', because of the amount of pain and loss and tears that has to be shed in order to receive it," he said. "Even though this award is an awesome honor and a great privilege, in order to get such a prestigious award, you have to be in a situation where your soldiers, your family, your brothers, are suffering and dying around you.
"And then, you just did everything you could to save lives or prevent further loss," he said.
During the attack, eight soldiers were killed at 25 were left injured.
The Medal of Honor is the highest military honor in the U.S. Carter will be the fifth living recipient to be given the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.