Medal of Honor recipient helping Stryker brigade raise funds for memorial
TACOMA, Wash. — Medal of Honor recipient Ty Carter was scheduled to speak Friday at a fundraiser in Lacey for a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade that is trying to build a memorial to soldiers it lost on two deployments in Afghanistan.
Carter served with the unit, the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, on its last Afghanistan tour.
The brigade working with the nonprofit Lancer Soldier and Family Fund wants to build the memorial to recognize the eight soldiers it lost on its 2012 deployment, brigade spokesman Staff Sgt. Bryan Dominique said.
The brigade was called the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division when it was formed at JBLM in 2007. It fought in Afghanistan in 2009-10 under that name, and was re-flagged as the 2nd Brigade when it returned from the war.
The 5th Brigade was the Army’s first Stryker brigade to fight in Afghanistan. It lost 37 soldiers in combat on its 2009-10 mission.
The fundraiser is an all-day event with live music at Northwest Harley Davidson in Lacey, 8000 Freedom Lane NE. It’s expected to begin about 10 a.m. with Carter speaking some time around 12:30 p.m.
The fundraiser also features a Ride of Remembrance. It costs $15 for civilians, $10 for military service members and $5 for passengers.
Carter received the Medal of Honor last year for the bravery he showed in an attack on Combat Outpost Keating in eastern Afghanistan in October 2009. He was serving with the 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Carson, Colorado at the time of the attack.
Carter joined JBLM 2nd Brigade for its last deployment. He now serves in JBLM’s 7th Infantry Division.
Dominique said the brigade and the nonprofit Lancer fund are working to build the monument in JBLM’s Memorial Park.