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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

July 26, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Spokane native at JBLM to receive Medal of Honor

Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter, an Army soldier who was born in Spokane and spent part of his youth there, will be presented the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry during combat in Afghanistan on Oct. 3, 2009.

Carter will receive the nation’s highest military honor from President Obama in a White House ceremony on Aug. 26, according to the White House.

He will be the fifth living recipient to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

In Afghanistan in 2009, Carter served at Combat Outpost Keating in Nuristan Province, where he was part of a unit of 54 soldiers who came under fierce attack by more than 400 insurgents. The assault killed eight U.S. soldiers and injured 25.

Without regard for his own safety, Carter resupplied ammunition to fighting positions, provided first aid to a buddy, killed enemy troops, and risk his own life to save another soldier who was injured and pinned down by overwhelming enemy fire, according to an Army narrative.  His courageous actions took place while his unit was under heavy fire that lasted for more than six hours.

Carter, 33, is married and has three children, and he now lists Antioch, Calif., as his home. At the time of his actions, Carter was a scout with Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

He is currently based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where he serves with the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

Recipients of the Medal of Honor must display meritorious conduct that involves great personal bravery or self-sacrifice and the risk of one’s life.

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