Second Fort Carson soldier to earn Medal of Honor for 2009 battle

Published: July 26, 2013, 3:30 pm

by tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -

A second Fort Carson soldier has earned the Medal of Honor for heroism in a 2009 battle at Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, who served at Keating with the 3rd Squadron of the 61sty Cavalry Regiment, part of Fort Carson’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, distinguished himself in the Oct. 3, 2009 battle, the White House said in a news release.

The battle at Keating was the deadliest for Fort Carson soldiers since Vietnam, with an outnumbered cavalry troop facing hundreds of insurgents who rushed the outpost on the floor of a narrow valley in eastern Afghanistan.

Carter is now serving with the 7th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Wash.

The Army said it won’t release the citation detailing carter’s heroics until a White House ceremony awarding him the medal.

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama awarded a Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha for his actions at Keating.

Romesha, despite wounds, called in air support and attacked Taliban positions, saving lives during the daylong battle.

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