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  • WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 26: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) claps after presenting U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ty M. Carter the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry in the East Room of the White House on August 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. Staff Sergeant Carter, who will be the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor, for his actions while serving as a cavalry scout during combat operations in Afghanistan in October of 2009. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
  • WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 26: U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ty Michael Carter leaves after he was presented with the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama during an East Room ceremony August 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. Staff Sergeant Carter, will be the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor, for his actions while serving as a cavalry scout during combat operations in Afghanistan in October of 2009. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
  • US President Barack Obama (C) stands with US Army Staff Sergeant Ty M.Carter (L) and a military aid while a Medal of Honor citation is reed during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House August 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama presented US Army Staff Sergeant Ty M.Carter the Medal of Honor for his actions during 2009 in Afghanistan while defending Command Outpost Keating. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo courtesy of BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 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.

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.

Associated Press

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