SSG Ty M. Carter was awarded the nation’s highest military honor for his actions at the 2009 Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan.
Carter distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Scout with B Troop, 3d Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Afghanistan on October 3, 2009.
Carter reinforced a battle position while an estimated 300 enemy insurgents attacked Combat Outpost Keating; he resupplied ammunition by running 100 meters through a gauntlet of enemy fire and voluntarily remained to defend an isolated position. With complete disregard for his own safety and in spite of his own wounds, Carter ran through a hail of rocket propelled grenade and machine gun fire to rescue a critically wounded battle buddy and move other fallen soldiers through intense enemy fire.
SSG Carter’s gallant actions were those of a man, a soldier, who was physically and mentally strong and well prepared for combat. He elevated the needs of his team and nation above his own safety. His great humility and love for his fellow soldiers are the hallmark of a true hero.” Carter and his family, to include his service dog Nala, will reside in their new home in Bastrop, Texas.