Ty Michael Carter was born in Spokane, Wash. He enlisted in the Marine Corps as a Combat Engineer, serving in Okinawa, Japan. He served two short training deployments; one to San Clemente Island, Calif., and the other to Egypt, for Operation Bright Star. Carter was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, Oct. 12, 2002.
After his enlistment, Ty enrolled in college and studied biology at Los Medonos Community College in California. Following his first daughter’s birth and some time traveling the United States, he realized he was destined for further service in the military.
He re-enlisted in the U.S. Army Jan. 3, 2008, as a Cavalry Scout and was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado. In May of 2009, Then Specialist Carter deployed with his unit to Afghanistan and was posted at Combat Outpost (COP) Keating in Nuristan Province. On the night of October 3rd his platoon’s outpost came under heavy attack by over 300 Taliban fighters.
With complete disregard for his own safety and in spite of his own wounds, Specialist Carter ran through a hail of enemy rocket propelled grenade and machine gun fire to rescue a critically wounded comrade who had been pinned down in an exposed position. Specialist Carter rendered life extending first aid and carried the Soldier to cover.
For his actions on that night he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the U.S. military’s highest honor for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.
Following his return from Afghanistan, SSG Carter was assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McCord. He separated from service in 2014 and is now self-employed.