Medal of Honor winner saluted at Stadium
There was a special tribute at Yankee Stadium before Saturday’s game against the Orioles. The Yankees recognized in a pregame ceremony at the plate United States Army Staff Sergeant Ty Michael Carter, the most recent recipient of the nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, which he received Aug. 28 from President Obama.
Staff Sgt. Carter, who was accompanied at the ceremony by his wife, Shannon, and was greeted by Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson, was honored for his heroic actions Sept. 3, 2009 during an attack by enemy forces at Combat Outpost Keating in the Kamdesh District of Afghanistan.
NBC News reported that according to the Army’s official account of the event that was the deadliest day for U.S. forces in the war effort that year, Staff Sgt. Carter “braved a blizzard of bullets to take out Taliban fighters and rescue a wounded brother-in-arms during the clash, which left eight American soldiers dead and wounded more than 25 others.
“Without regard to his own safety,” the Army report continued, Carter “proved himself time and time again. He resupplied ammunition to fighting positions, provided first aid to a battle buddy, killed enemy troops, and valiantly risked his own life to save a fellow soldier who was injured and pinned down by overwhelming fire.”
Staff Sgt. Carter received repeated standing ovations from the crowd as his military endeavors were delivered by public address announcer Paul Olden. It was a stirring moment.