Medal of Honor: African-American hero recognized decades after brave act

Staff Sgt. Edward A. Carter Jr.

 

The story below is a very good read honoring a true American hero.

 

Medal of Honor: African-American hero recognized decades after brave act'

 

  • manned space 6y

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  • Thehermitheus "Gorillini" Monk 6y

    Great story. Thanks for sharing.
  • Paul Plummer 6y

    Nothing was said about what SSG Carter did to deserve his MOH.
    Would be nice to know.

    I wonder if a person, of any race, today would be allowed to enlist after serving as an officer in a communist army?
  • JACarlsonSr 6y

    www.militarymuseum.org/CarterCMH.html

    Carter's unit was the Seventh Army Infantry Company Number 1 (Provisional) attached to the 56th Armored Infantry Battalion, 12th Armored Division. In concert with the Third U.S. Army it was advancing toward Speyer, Germany on March 23, 1945. Speyer, a city of about 50,000 was a target in a race to secure bridgeheads.

    The tank on which Carter, then 28, and other infantrymen were riding came under heavy small arms and anti-armor fire. Unit members thought the fire had come from a large warehouse on the outskirts of town. This resulted in him volunteering to lead three other soldiers on a patrol against the German position. They advanced toward the structure and took cover where they located and assessed the approximate enemy strength. They left this cover to cross 150 yards or so of open fields to the warehouse.

    One American soldier was soon killed and Carter sent the two survivors back to hold the position covering his advance. There, another comrade was killed and the other seriously wounded by the German defenders. Carter inched his way to a place of safety behind a ridge 30 yards away and endured an exchange of gunfire with the warehouse. Along the way, his deadly fire knocked out two enemy machine gun nests and a mortar crew.

    He paid a price though, as a machine gun burst put three bullets through his left arm. Continuing, he was knocked to the ground by another wound to his left leg. Then, after taking "wound tablets" a drink from his canteen was interrupted with another wound through his left hand. Three shrapnel wounds followed and were credited for pain he endured the rest of his life.

    After enduring Carter's close proximity and periodic fire, German officers in the warehouse finally sent eight soldiers to flush him out and finish him off. He lay still for two hours until the patrol approached him, thinking the blood-soaked American soldier was dead.

    Suddenly, Carter, seriously wounded, opened fire with his .45-caliber submachine gun. He shot six of the enemy dead and took the other two prisoner. Using them as a human shield, the sergeant made his way back to the American tanks. As another act of courage. Carter refused to be evacuated until he could report all he had observed and extract needed information about the enemy's emplacement from his German speaking prisoners.
  • zongyaowen 6y

    Sliver,

    The Chinese Army Carter served in was not Communists. China is "red" only after 1949.

    Thank Carlson for the information. It is an amazing story.
  • Andre' Boykin 6y

    As an American Soldier in todays US ARMY, I see stories like these to reinforce our strength to keep training our young soldiers to Keep fighting and when there is Pain, that is the Point where you Push the hardest.......

    Not everyone can be a Hero, but Heros can be anyone

    SFC B.
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