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Obama awards Medal of Honor to Afghan war veteran

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has bestowed the Medal of Honor on Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who risked his life to save an injured soldier and to resupply ammunition to his comrades during intense fighting in a remote mountain outpost.

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President Barack Obama awards US Army Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Carter received the medal for his courageous actions while serving as a cavalry scout with Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on Oct. 3, 2009. Carter is the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama says Carter "displayed the essence of true heroism."

The Oct. 3, 2009, battle occurred while Carter was stationed at Command Outpost Keating. U.S. troops were vastly outnumbered by 400 Taliban fighters.

In February, Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on another survivor of that firefight, former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha.

Eight soldiers died in the battle. Carter killed Afghan fighters, rendered first aid and saved a soldier's life. Carter still suffers post-traumatic stress syndrome and helps troops with their recovery.


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