North Central High School Distinguished Alumnus

Ty M. Carter

Class of 1998

Inducted 2014

After graduating from North Central H.S. in 1998, Ty Carter enlisted in the Marine Corps. He attended the Marine Corps Combat Engineer School and later served in Okinawa, Japan, as an intelligence clerk. In 2002 he was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps.

In January 2008, Carter enlisted in the Army as a cavalry scout. After completion of training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, he was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division and was deployed to Afghanistan from May 2009 to May 2010.

On October 3, 2009, he was stationed at Combat Outpost Keating, a mountain valley military camp along the Pakistan border. When more than 300 Taliban insurgents attacked the camp, Sergeant Carter ran through a hail of gunfire, risking his life multiple times to deliver ammunition and medical aid to fellow soldiers. That day, eight U.S. soldiers died and 25 were wounded in the Battle of Kamdesh, one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Afghanistan war.

In October 2010, he was assigned as a Stryker gunner with the 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Sergeant Carter completed a second deployment to Afghanistan in October 2012. On July 27, 2013, the Department of Defense announced that Army Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter would receive the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Battle of Kamdesh in 2009.

On August 26, 2013, President Barack Obama presented Sergeant Carter with the Medal of Honor during a White House ceremony. At that time, Carter was one of only 12 Medal of Honor recipients from the Iran/Afghanistan wars and one of only five still living. He announced that he would work to help the American public better understand the “invisible wounds” of post-traumatic stress disorder, from which thousands of military veterans continue to suffer.

On September 26, 2014, the U.S. Army announced that Ty Carter had separated from the service.

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