Spokane native to get Medal of Honor for Afghan fight

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WASHINGTON — The White House says President Barack Obama will bestow the Medal of Honor on an Army staff sergeant for courageous action in a daylong firefight in Afghanistan.

Ty Carter, a former Marine who later enlisted in the Army, will be recognized at the White House on Aug. 26 for his action at a 2009 battle at a mountain outpost in which U.S. troops were far outnumbered.

The Army says Carter killed enemy troops, resupplied ammunition to U.S. fighters, rendered first aid and risked his life to save an injured soldier pinned by a barrage of enemy fire.

In February, Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on another survivor of that firefight: former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha.

Carter, who grew up in Spokane, also has received a Purple Heart.