Obama awards Medal of Honor to Afghan war veteran

US Army Staff Sgt Ty Carter risked his life to save an injured soldier and to resupply ammunition to his comrades during intense fighting.

Last Updated: Aug 27, 2013, 10:11 AM IST

Washington: President Barack Obama has bestowed the Medal of Honor on US 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 October 03, 2009, battle occurred while Carter was stationed at Command Outpost Keating. US 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.

PTI