Spokane native to receive Medal of Honor

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JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD –A Spokane native will be awarded the single most prestigious award that can be given in the military Monday:  The Medal of Honor.

tycarter2Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter will receive the medal for “conspicuous gallantry.”   He will be recognized for his courage while serving as a cavalry scout in Afghanistan in 2009.

He is only the fifth living recipient to be granted this honor, for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.  His fellow soldiers were under heavy fire from all sides when Carter sprinted 100 yards across open ground to join them. He ran through enemy fire again, carrying a wounded comrade to safety. Then, once more, he ran through a hail of bullets to retrieve a radio and call for help.

President Obama will present the medal in a ceremony Monday afternoon.

Carter is married with three children, and is currently stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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