Antioch soldier will receive America's highest military honor for his heroism during one of the most intense firefights during the war in Afghanistan. Janelle Wang talked to his dad.
Officials will hold a news conference Monday regarding an Antioch-raised U.S. Army Staff Sgt. who will receive the Medal of Honor next month for his courageous actions while serving as a cavalry scout during combat operations in Afghanistan.
The Army says Ty M. Carter killed enemy troops, resupplied ammunition to American fighters, rendered first aid and risked his own life to save an injured soldier pinned down by a barrage of enemy fire on Oct. 3, 2009. The news conference will be streamed at 10:30 a.m. here. He will officially be awarded at the White House on Aug. 26 for his "conspicuous gallantry," officials said.
On that day, more than 400 anti-Afghan forces attempted to overrun a combat outpost held by a 54-soldier squad Carter belonged to.
The group defended the position and suffered eight casualties and more than 25 injuries.
Carter's actions during the more than six-hour standoff were heroic, officials said.
Carter will be the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for action in Iraq or Afghanistan, officials said.
He grew up in the Bay Area, but now lives up in Washington State with his wife, Shannon, and their three children.
Carter, who enlisted in the Army in January 2008 as a cavalry scout, is currently stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.