Thursday, August 22, 2013

CNN: "Jake Tapper Reports: An Unlikely Hero": Ty Carter at Outpost Keating in Afghanistan

Wednesday, August 21, 2013, CNN aired “Jake Tapper Reports: An Unlikely Hero”, with primary link here, link.

The report describes how Army Specialist Ty Carter would earn a Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism when his unit was pinned down by the Taliban on October 3, 2009 at Outpost Keating in Afghanistan.

Carter had grown up troubled, and had an uneven experience in the Marine Corps.  He worked odd jobs, finding little purpose, but married and had a child.  He eventually joined the Army, maybe for better money but perhaps for more purpose.

The report emphasized that Medal winners don’t have to be stereotyped perfect people.
The film also left the impression that the men (and women) making sacrifices in combat are doing so because they have trouble “competing” on “our” terms in the normal “civilian” world.  We live off their backs.

The film also echoes Sebastian Junger’s “Restrepo” (movies blog, July 10, 2010).  

(Apologies: The "Trapper" in the url name was from a typo; it's "Tapper", no 'r'.)

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