On March 23, 1945, Carter, a 28-year-old infantry staff sergeant, heroically acted when the tank on which he was riding was hit by bazooka fire. Carter then led three soldiers across an open field too eliminate the German threat. In the process, two of the men were killed and the other seriously wounded. Continuing alone, Carter was wounded five times before being forced to take cover. Eight German soldiers tried to capture him, but he killed six and captured the remaining two. He used the two captured Germans as a shield from enemy fire as he recrossed the field. His prisoners provided valuable information on enemy-troop disposition for his unit.
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Carter was also awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal, during his US service in WWII. See more