Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter, a U.S. Medal of Honor winner, visited the Prescott Campus as part of a speaking tour this week to discuss the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder before an audience of Army and Air Force ROTC and guests.
Enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1998 and later honorably discharged, Carter joined the U.S. Army in January 2008 and was deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan, where he served for 12 months. He was deployed to Afghanistan again in 2012.
Carter’s Medal of Honor was awarded to him for helping to hold down his squadron’s position against a surprise attack of about 300 enemy fighters in Afghanistan and administering lifesaving aid to fellow comrades. According to his official award citation, he “reinforced a forward battle position, ran twice through a 100-meter gauntlet of enemy fire to resupply ammunition … ran through a hail of enemy rocket-propelled grenade and machine gun fire to rescue a critically wounded comrade … maneuvered through enemy fire to check on a fallen soldier and recovered the squad’s radio, which allowed them to coordinate their evacuation.”
In addition to the Medal of Honor, Carter has won the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the NATO Medal and others.
For Carter’s full biography, visit his Medal of Honor: Operation Enduring Freedom site.
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