On Monday, President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, to Army Staff Sergeant Ty M. Carter for his courage and heroism during one of the most intense battles of the Afghanistan War.
According to CBS News, Obama called Carter a “true American hero” for rescuing a fellow soldier during the battle at Combat Outpost Keating on Oct. 3, 2009. Carter carried an injured soldier while unarmed through a hail of bullets as 300 insurgents fired automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.
During the battle, Carter carried soldier Spc. Stephan L. Mace to safety, putting down his own weapon to save Mace and provide life-extending first aid. Mace later died from the wounds he suffered during the battle.
Fifty-three Americans were stationed at the outpost, and on that day, eight were killed in the battle, and 22 were wounded.
Listen to more about his incredible story and audio from the Medal of Honor presentation in the clip below.