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July 26th, 2013
04:35 PM ET

Rare second Medal of Honor for fierce Afghan battle

Editor's note: Jake Tapper is an anchor and chief Washington correspondent for CNN. He is author of the best-selling book about Afghanistan, "The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor."

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

It was a devastating Taliban attack, launched on an eastern Afghanistan outpost positioned so poorly it was nearly indefensible. Combat Outpost Keating was tucked in a valley surrounded by towering mountains.

On October 3, 2009, 300 insurgents used the high ground to stage an overwhelming assault on just 53 U.S. troops.

“Just every kind of weapon they could get their hands on they were throwing at us, and we hadn't seen that before,” said Spc. Tom Rasmussen.

Eight men died, but there were heart stopping heroics to defend the base.

Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha was already awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest honor for his bravery in the face of overwhelming odds during the battle.

Read An American hero: The uncommon valor of Clint Romesha

Now there will be a second White House ceremony, this time to award the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Ty Carter, a member of Black Knight Troop, in the 3rd platoon nicknamed the Bastards.
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