Medal of Honor awarded to Army staff sergeant Ty Carter
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(NBC News) Army Staff Sergeant Ty Carter risked his life to save others during an ambush in Afghanistan and today he received the military's highest honor.
Carter is just the 5th living soldier to receive the Medal of Honor for service in Iraq or Afghanistan.
From the White House President Obama described staff sergeant Carter as a soldier who refused to give up, even when all the odds were against him.
"In doing so he displayed the essence of true heroism," said Mr. Obama.
The president gave Carter the Medal of Honor for his actions during a 2009 battle at a combat outpost.
About 300 enemy fighters attacked the outpost near the Afghanistan and Pakistan border.
Carter repeatedly ran through enemy fire to obtain more ammo, recover a field radio and rescue a wounded solider.
"Because you helped turn back that attack soldiers are alive today," President Obama said.
Eight soldiers died in the battle, even more were injured.
In an Army video Carter said the credit belonged to them.
The California native is only the 12th service member to receive the honor for service in Iraq or Afghanistan.
That's far too few according to critics.
Medal of Honor recipient colonel Jack Jacobs blames the changing nature of the battlefield.
"In most recent wars have been the result of improvised explosive devices, an opportunity for the kind of valor we see has just not been as frequent as in previous wars," said Jacobs
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