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SAN DIEGO – Throwing the first pitch at the Padres game Monday was a piece of cake for Army Staff Sergeant Ty Carter compared to what he’s already accomplishment.

While serving in Afghanistan in 2009, Staff Sgt. Carter ran into enemy fire on multiple occasions.

Screen Shot 2013-09-02 at 6.30.18 PM“It got to a point where a sniper knew where I was at,” Carter told CNN.

He rescued another wounded soldier, checked on a fallen comrade and resupplied ammunition.

Last week, President Barack Obama awarded Carter the Medal of Honor, the highest honor in the military.

“Ty said he was hoping to take his children around Washington to show them the sites and the history, but Jade and Madison if you want to know what makes our country truly great and what a true American hero looks like you don’t have to look very far,” Obama said at Carter’s Medal of Honor ceremony.

On Labor Day, the San Diego Padres honored the military hero by inviting him to throw out the first pitch of their game against the San Francisco Giants.

Carter took a moment to say thank and talk about his ties to San Diego.

“Thank you to the good folks of San Diego. My military roots actually started in 1998 in MCRD San Diego,” said Carter. “I really appreciate all the help that the ballpark and this city have done for the military and I hope that you continue to do so.”


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