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Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter to receive highest award for valor

Washington - Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter will receive the nation’s highest award for valor in August. He’s being recognized for “conspicuous gallantry” during a six-hour battle in Afghanistan in 2009.

in a remote mountain valley of Nuristan province in western Afghanistan. During a battle which raged for more than six hours, Carter was instrumental in keeping the southern flank of the outpost from being overrun by an enemy that outnumbered the Americans almost eight to one.

The 54 members of B Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, were attacked by more than 400 enemy fighters with heavy automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, firing from high ground surrounding the outpost.

The enemy infiltrated two areas of the combat outpost killing eight U.S. Soldiers and injuring more than 25.

Carter risked his life to take ammunition to other soldiers and to provide first aid to a wounded soldier who was pinned down by enemy fire.

 
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