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Good afternoon maravent please be serious.
Welcome to the White House.
Actually I should say welcome back.
Many of you joined us earlier this year when we presented the medal of honor -- it went.
Which today for his actions in the very same battle that we remember today.
Claim could not be here using -- and -- This week and all of that is very close to all of our hearts and that's ending homelessness.
Among our veterans.
We are honored to welcome back some of the man who -- that day.
Black -- troop.
And the gold star families.
Of those who gave their lives that day.
If these soldiers and families will tell it.
There or famine.
-- in battle.
So today is something of -- And we come together again.
Where the gratitude and pride to bestow the medal of honor on a second member of this family.
Staff sergeant -- car.
There's always were joined by may distinguished guests and we welcome you won't.
Today I want focus on our most distinguished guests.
More than forty members -- ties -- Your parents.
Mark -- -- step mom Barbara.
Your wife Shannon.
Were you call the CEO of your family.
Your wise man I've got the same arrangement.
Your beautiful children fourteen year old David.
Eight year old Madison.
In her new dress and -- tell me about her new room as we walked over here.
And my month old Sarah.
For whom we will try to make this brief because we don't know how long mature girls -- last.
Before -- came just -- said he was hoping to take his children Ron Washington to show them.
The sites and the history.
If you want to know what a true American hero looks like and you know have to look too far.
Is that look at your day.
Because today he's the site we've come to six.
Your dad inspires us just like all those big monuments and memorials -- Four this is a historic day.
The first time in nearly half a century.
Since the Vietnam War.
That we've been able to present the medal bomber to two survivors of the same bat.
Indeed when we pay tribute to point -- -- earlier this year we were called how he and his team provided to covered that allowed.
-- -- wounded Americans pinned down in a -- To make their skate.
The metal we present today.
The -- -- -- -- -- Carter has the story.
Of what happened in that company.
It's this story of what our troops do for each other.
As some you -- were called.
Got Keating was not just one of the most remote outposts.
It was also one of the most vulnerable.
-- -- ground beef in a valley surrounded by towering mountains.
When soldiers like -- arrived and they couldn't believe there's that it was like being in a fishbowl.
Easy targets for enemies in the hills above.
And as dawn broke about October morning.
-- -- and most of our troops still in there amongst the worst fears became real.
53 American soldiers were suddenly surrounded.
By more than three 300.
-- among fighters.
The outpost was being slammed from every direction.
Machine gun fire.
Rocket propelled grenades.
It was chaos the blizzard of bullets and steal in which tie rant not once or twice or -- a few times.
But perhaps ten times.
And -- so he displayed the essence of true -- what's.
-- they're urged to.
Surpass all others at whatever cost but -- -- to serve others at whatever cost.
I jumped out of bed put on his boots and his helmet and his Kevlar vest.
Grab some metal and he ran into bullets coming down like rain for a hundred meters to resupply his comrades out of -- -- When they needed more he ran back.
Blasted the walks.
Off supply routes and -- yet again dodging explosions darting between craters back to the -- The ferocious fire forced them inside and so was that five American soldiers.
Including time specialist.
It's -- -- -- from themselves trapped in that humvee.
The tire is flat.
RPG's pouring him peppering -- -- shrapnel threatening to break through the armor of their vehicle.
The worst of all -- -- fighters were penetrating can't.
The choices seem to -- -- Stand.
-- make a run for.
So once more -- stepped up into the garage and along with sergeant Brad Larsen he laid on fire providing cover for the other three.
Including stuff on as they dash for safety it.
But in most hellish moments one man went down and then another.
And -- Disappeared in the dust and smoke.
Recommend -- time Brad held out for hours.
Rolling down the window -- cracked taking a shot over and over holding the line.
-- -- that outpost from being completely overrun.
I would later say we were going to surrender.
We're gonna fight to the last round.
And then they saw out.
There but it.
Stuff went on the ground wounded about thirty yards away.
In them when the moment was right.
-- stepped out again.
And random Stefan.
Applying a tourniquet to one of his lights than during the other tending to his wounds.
Grabbing a tree -- what branch to splinters ankle.
And if you're left -- just one image from that day let it be this.
-- Carter bending over picking up stuff inmates cradling him in his arms.
And carrying him through all those bullets and getting him back to that -- An anti stepped out again recovering -- radio finally made contact with the rest of the troop.
And they came up with a plan.
As -- Roma -- and his team provided cover these three soldiers made their escape time Brad caring staff and on a stretcher through the chaos delivering stuff into the -- In the battle will still -- -- -- returned to the fight.
Much of the outpost on fire flames bearing down on the aid station with so many wounded inside.
-- stepped out one last time exposing himself to enemy fire.
Grabbed a chainsaw cut down a burning tree save the aid station and help to rally as true as they fought -- by.
They push the enemy back.
Our soldiers reach out there can't.
This -- not -- along.
About that day he will say was one team and one fight and -- -- did what we could do to keep each other a lot.
Some of these men are with us again.
And I have to repeat this because -- among the most highly decorated units of this entire war.
Army commendation it's.
27 purple hearts.
Eighteen bronze stars.
For their ballot.
Nine silver stars.
For their gallantry.
Soldiers -- -- please stand.
But today we also remember once more create extraordinary soldiers who gave.
Their last full measure of devotion.
Some of whom spent the final moments trying to rescue time the others in that -- We stand with the families.
Who remind us up for that heartbreak ripples.
Widows who water their husbands.
Seven boys and girls who honor their dead.
At least seventeen parents.
Mothers and fathers that moms and -- -- water there -- some.
Some eighteen siblings water there brought.
Long after this war is over these families will still made our love and support.
For all the years to come and I would ask the cop Keating -- -- to stand and be recognized its.
As we -- ties -- on the battlefield.
I want -- recognize.
His perch in the other battle.
He has fought.
-- has spoken openly.
Would honestly an extraordinary eloquence.
About his struggle with posttraumatic stress.
And nightmares anxiety.
Heart -- That makes it sometimes almost impossible to get through it -- And -- urged us to remember another soldier from copying suffered two who eventually losses.
Or -- back home.
And who we remember today for his service in Afghanistan that day a private at -- -- I'd first like a lot of troops.
-- resistance seeking help.
But with the support of the arming the encouragement.
Of his commanders and most importantly below.
Shannon and the kids I got help.
The pain of that day.
I think -- understands.
We can only imagine may never fully -- But -- expense reports -- loving husband a devoted father and exemplary soldier we've been redeployed to Afghanistan.
So now he wants to help other troops in their -- recovery.
And it is absolutely critical for us to work with.
Brave young men like time to put an end to any stigma that keeps more folks from seeking help.
When we -- is clearly as I -- to any of our troops.
Or veterans were watching instruct.
What of this man but of this soldier but this warrior.
Is as tough as they come and if you can not find the courage and the strength.
To not always seek help but also to speak out about it to take care of themselves -- to stay strong.
And so when you.
So can you.
And as you -- that strength.
Our nation needs keep summoning the commitment and the resources to make sure we're there when you reach out.
There's nobody should ever suffer alone.
And no one should ever died.
Waiting for the mental health care that they need.
And all of us have to do better than we're.
As time knows part of the healing is facing the sources.
As we prepare for the reading of the citation I'll ask you time captain ever for forget the difference that you made on that -- Because you helped turn back protects soldiers are a lot -- -- -- to battle -- -- -- -- Brett Larson who told -- -- -- my life.
Because you -- You you have the urge to serve others and whatever cost.
So many army families would welcome home their -- -- And because the -- -- mother Vanessa who joins us again today is able to say Todd brought stuff and safety.
Which of me and gave him many more hours on the sort.
Stefan felt at peace and she added in the words speak for all of us I'm grateful.
To -- more than words can describe.
God bless you -- Carter in the soldier's -- -- true god bless all our men and women in uniform.
God bless the United States of America -- -- that I would like.
To have a sufficiently.
The president of the United States of America.
Authorized by act of congress.
March 3 1863.
Has awarded in the name of congress the medal of honor to specialists tie him Clark.
The united states -- For conspicuous gallantry and -- pitted me at the risk of -- life above and beyond the call of duty.
Specialist -- and Carter distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intra pity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.
While serving as a scout with Bravo troop third squadron.
61 cavalry regiment fourth brigade combat team.
Fourth infantry division during combat operations against an armed enemy in -- this district understand province Afghanistan.
On October 3 2009.
On that morning specialist Carter and his comrades -- to an attack of an estimated 300 enemy fighters.
Occupying the high ground on all four sides of combat outpost Keating.
Employing concentrated fire from recoil -- rifles rocket propelled grenades anti aircraft machine guns mortars and small arms fire.
Specialist Carter reinforced afford battle position.
Ran twice threw 100 meter gauntlet of enemy fire.
To resupply ammunition and voluntarily remain there to defend not isolated position.
Armed with only an import car -- rifle.
Specialist Carter placed accurate deadly fire on the enemy.
Beating back the assault force and preventing the position from being overrun.
Over the course of several hours with complete disregard for his own safety.
And in spite of its own wounds he ran through a hail of enemy rocket propelled grenade and machine gunfire to rescue a critically wounded comrade.
Who had been pinned down in an exposed position.
Specialist Carter rendered like extending first date and carry this soldier to cover.
On his own initiative specialist Carter again maneuver through enemy fire to check on a fallen soldier and recovered the squads radio.
Which allowed them to coordinate -- evacuation with fellow soldiers.
With teammates providing covering fire specialist Carter assisted in moving the wounded soldier.
100 meters through withering enemy fire to the aid station and before returning to the fight.
Specialist Carter's heroic actions and tactical skills were critical to the defense of combat outpost Keating.
Preventing the enemy from capturing the position and saving the lives of his fellow soldiers specialists tie him Carter's extraordinary heroism.
And selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself.
Bravo -- third squadron 61 cavalry regiment fourth brigade combat team.
Fourth infantry division and the united states army.
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