Second Medal Awarded for Battle of COP Keating
By Harold Hutchison
Staff Sergeant Ty Carter received the Medal of Honor for heroism during the battle of COP Keating. Carter is the second living Medal of Honor recipient from that battle, the first time in 50 years that two American military personnel have lived to receive the Medal of Honor in the same engagement.
During the Battle of COP Keating on 3 October, 2009, 53 American troops were attacked by as many as 400 Taliban fighters. The fighting went on for over twelve hours, and at the end, eight Americans had been killed and 22 wounded.
Staff Sergeant Clinton L. Romesha also received the Medal of Honor for heroism during that battle. Romesha received the nation’s highest honor for valor in combat on 11 February of this year. Seven other Soldiers received the Silver Star.