Being awarded the Medal of Honor was not on the mind of Army Spc. (now Staff Sergeant) Ty Carter the morning of October 3, 2009. His only thought was keeping his fellow Soldiers at Combat Outpost Keating alive.
This afternoon, at a 2 p.m. ceremony at the White House, Staff Sgt. Carter, 33, will be recognized for his heroic efforts that day, when eight of his fellow Soldiers did not survive.
From the outset, C.O.P. Keating was considered a “sitting duck” in terms of its location in a remote valley near Kamdesh, Afghanistan. The Soldiers always knew their position was indefensible. Then, that day, the worst happened; enemy forces breached the compound.
Killed in the fight were, Staff Sgt. Vernon Martin, Sgt. Michael Scusa, Sgt. Josh Kirk, Sgt. Josh Hardt, Sgt. Christopher Griffin, Sgt. Justin Gallegos, Spc. Stephan Mace and Pfc. Kevin Thompson.
Staff Sgt. Ty Carter will join another survivor of that same battle, former Army Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha, who received the Medal of Honor earlier this year.
Examiner’s Note: CNN Reporter Jake Tapper’s interview with Staff. Sgt. Carter can be viewed here. Carter admits that he is an unlikely hero. A troubled childhood and five-year stint with the Marines, which ended after a demotion for fighting, could have taken his life in another direction; then, he joined the Army!
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