Antioch staff sergeant father says Medal of Honor ceremony was emotional

US Army Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter speaks to the media and his holds Medal of Honor outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, after President Barack Obama presented it inside. Carter received the medal for his courageous actions while serving as a cavalry scout with Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on Oct. 3, 2009. Carter is the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

August 29, 2013 8:14:08 PM PDT
The father of Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter is back in the Bay Area and remembering the White House ceremony where his son received the nation's highest military honor.

On Monday, President Barack Obama awarded Carter the Medal of Honor for his heroism during a 2009 battle in Afghanistan.

Carter's father attended the ceremony; he says it was very emotional, and not just because his son was honored. He still chokes up when he recalls meeting the families of the soldiers who died in the battle.

"Every one of those soldiers that was there, the days, the weeks, the months prior, all contributed to making sure that at least some of them would come back," Mark Carter said.

Ty Carter is now touring the country to talk about his heroic actions and about the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder on U.S. soldiers.

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