NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Sergeant Ty Carter poses onstage at the 50th USO Armed Forces gala & Gold Medal dinner at The New York Marriott Marquis on December 7, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for USO Metropolitan New York)
ANTIOCH, Calif. —
An Antioch soldier has been awarded the Medal of Honor for his role in a battle against 300 enemy fighters in Afghanistan who were attempting to overrun his remote outpost in October 2009, the White House announced Friday.
Staff Sergeant Ty Michael Carter will be the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. He and his family will join President Obama at the White House on August 26th to be awarded the medal.
Former Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha, who was also at the outpost that day, received the Medal of Honor during a ceremony Feb. 11.
Carter will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a cavalry scout with Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009, according to the White House release.
On that October day, about 300 enemy fighters surrounded and partially breached an isolated outpost called Combat Outpost Keating.
In the ensuing firefight, eight soldiers were killed and 22 others were wounded.
“It wasn’t just me,” Carter told the Army Times Friday. “Everyone pulled through. They all performed excellently, bravely."
“I really wish there was some way that I could share the prestige and the honor of this medal with them, and not to mention the families of the fallen,” he continued. “In the end, they probably deserve this medal more than I do because of the losses that they received.”
Carter grew up in Spokane but calls Antioch home. He is married to Shannon Carter and they have three children; Jayden Young, Madison Carter and Sehara Carter.
He enlisted in the Army in January 2008 as a cavalry scout.
After completion of training at Ft Knox, Kentucky, he was assigned to 3-61 Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, where he deployed to Afghanistan from May 2009 to May 2010.
Carter is currently stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington and is assigned to 7th Infantry Division.
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