Spokane Soldier To Receive Medal Of Honor

By Tom Bacon

An Army sergeant who grew up in Spokane and is now stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Tacoma will receive the nation's highest honor for valor.    
33-year-old Ty Carter will receive the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony next month.
Carter was deployed as a cavalry scout in combat operations in Nuristan Province Afghanistan in the fall of 2009.
Taliban gunmen surrounded his small company sized unit at dawn and poured rifle and machine gun fire down on the outpost.
Carter sprinted 100 yards across open ground to join his comrades and then pulled a badly wounded solider to safety.
As the Americans' ammunition began to run out, Carter realized that no one was manning a radio. Again, Carter dashed across open ground, snatched a radio from a fallen soldier and called for reinforcements.
After 12 hours of intense fighting, a quick-reaction force arrived to link up with the surrounded soldiers.
Before he joined the Army in 2008, Carter was a Marine until 2002.
The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty.
Carter will be the fifth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for valor in Iraq or Afghanistan.
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