President Barack Obama awards U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter the Medal of Honor during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington D.C., Aug. 26. Visit www.army.mil/medalofhonor/carter/index.htmlto learn more about Staff Sgt. Carter and to view the “battlescape” recreation of his heroic actions in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter received the Medal of Honor during a ceremony Monday at the White House, marking the first time since the Vietnam War that two living service members have earned the nation’s highest award for valor for actions in the same battle.
Carter is the second soldier to receive the Medal of Honor for actions during the Oct. 3, 2009, battle at Combat Outpost Keating in eastern Afghanistan.
Former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha, who did not attend Monday’s ceremony because of a previous commitment to attend a benefit event for homeless veterans in California, received the Medal of Honor Feb. 11.
Carter, 33, who is now assigned to the 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., will be inducted into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes on Tuesday.
“I’m humbled and honored that I get to represent the soldiers of Black Knight Troop and the families of the fallen,” Carter said in a statement to the media after the ceremony. “I stand here proud that I’ve been chosen to represent the 50-plus soldiers … who faced impossible odds. I’m nervous about living with the responsibility of telling their story.”