WASHINGTON, Aug 26 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor on Monday to Army Staff Sergeant Ty Carter, who risked his life to save a wounded soldier who was pinned down by enemy fire during a battle in Afghanistan, the White House said.
This is the highest military honor the United States presents to a member of the armed services. Carter is the second U.S. service member to receive the award for bravery in the Oct. 3, 2009 battle, during which Taliban insurgents tried to overrun Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan's isolated Nuristan province.
This is the first battle since the Vietnam War in which two living service members earned the Medal of Honor. Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha received his medal in February.
Carter's medal is scheduled to be presented at the White House at 2:10 p.m. EDT (1810 GMT).
Carter, a cavalry scout with the 4th Infantry Division, also resupplied ammunition to fighting positions throughout the battle, gave first aid to a wounded soldier and killed enemy troops, the White House said in a statement.
Eight U.S. soldiers were killed and more than 25 were wounded in the battle.
Carter has earned other awards, including the Purple Heart.
Carter, who grew up in Spokane, Washington, enlisted in January 2008 and completed a second Afghanistan deployment in October. He is assigned to the 7th Infantry Division, serving at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, the White House said. Carter is married with three children.
The last battle for which two living service members received the Medal of Honor was the 1967 Battle of Ap Bac in Vietnam, a spokeswoman for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society said. (Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Scott Malone, Toni Reinhold)
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"Staff Sergeant Romesha’s discipline and extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty reflect great credit upon himself," said President Obama. Read Obama's <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/11/remarks-president-presentation-medal-honor-staff-sergeant-clinton-l-rome" target="_blank">full address</a> at Romesha's Medal of Honor ceremony.
Dakota Meyer received the Medal of Honor on September 15, 2011 for his service in Afghanistan. After hearing a Taliban ambush occurring a mile away over radio, Meyer went against orders and headed into the firestorm, ultimately saving 36 lives.
"In Sergeant Dakota Meyer, we see the best of a generation that has served through a decade of war," said President Obama. Read Obama's <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/09/15/president-obama-awards-medal-honor-dakota-meyer" target="_blank">full address</a> at Meyer's Medal of Honor ceremony.
Leroy Petry received the Medal of Honor on July 12, 2011 for his service in Afghanistan. Serving as the senior noncommissioned officer during a mission to capture a high-level target, Petry attempted to toss away a live grenade to spare himself and his comrades. It exploded as he was throwing it and severed his hand.
"This is the stuff of which heroes are made. This is the strength, the devotion that makes our troops the pride of every American," said President Obama. Read Obama's <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/07/12/remarks-president-presenting-medal-honor-sergeant-first-class-leroy-arth" target="_blank">full address</a> at Petry's Medal of Honor ceremony.
Salvatore Giunta received the Medal of Honor on November 16, 2010 for his service in Afghanistan. Giunta was the first living recipient of the medal from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. During an ambush, Giunta charged into enemy fire in an attempt to save a comrade.
"Staff Sergeant Giunta, repeatedly and without hesitation, you charged forward through extreme enemy fire, embodying the warrior ethos that says, 'I will never leave a fallen comrade,'" said President Obama. Read Obama's <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/11/16/president-obama-presents-medal-honor-staff-sergeant-salvatore-giunta-we-re-all-your-" target="_blank">full address</a> at Giunta's Medal of Honor ceremony.
Ty Carter received the Medal of Honor on August 26, 2013 for his service in Afghanistan. Carter ran into a firefight to save an injured soldier, restock on ammunition and render first aid to his comrade.
"Look at this man. Look at this soldier. Look at this warrior. He's as tough as they come, and if he can find the courage and the strength to not only seek help but also to speak out about it, to take care of himself and to stay strong, then so can you," said President Obama. Read Obama's <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/26/president-obama-awards-medal-honor-ty-carter" target="_blank">full address</a> at Carter's Medal of Honor ceremony.