Wounded soldier single handedly kills 6 soldiers, captures two and uses their bodies as bullet sponges
In this world, some men are born for certain roles in life, seemingly crafted for a career or to answer the call of destiny when the time arises.
In the grand scheme of things, it seems, Ed Carter was born to fight- and he showed the world what he was made of from a very young age until his tragic death.
The father of a black American missionary and an Indian mother, Edward A. Carter Jr., was born in Los Angeles California in 1916, though he predominantly grew up in India and Shanghai, China.
While the United States would not enter World War II until 1941, Carter joined the fight against the Japanese nearly a decade earlier, running away from home to join the Chinese National Revolutionary Army at age 15.
Within a short time, Carter found himself fighting off Japanese troops during, and eventually helped secure and demilitarize Shanghai for a short period of time.
When his age was eventually discovered by his commanders, Carter was released from duty, and eventually made his way to Spain, where he joined the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, a US volunteer group that assisted the Spanish Loyalists.
Months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that would propel the US into war on December 7 of 1941, Carter joined the US Army, and was lauded for his combat experience- something most US Soldiers didn’t have at the time. Going from Private Carter to Staff Sergeant Carter in less than a year, the moustachioed natural-born killer enjoyed life in the 12th Armored Division’s 56th Armored Infantry Battalion.
Thanks to policies by Democratic President Woodrow Wilson decades before World War II, the US Army was segregated, and black troops wishing to see combat in certain capacities were forced to demote themselves to private if they wanted a piece of the action.
Carter, of course, chose combat over tank, though he regained his rank in short order.
In March of 1945, Carter was riding on a tank near the German city of Speyer when the vehicle was hit by an anti-tank rocket, forcing the grunts to dismount.
Leading three Soldiers across an open field, Carter soon found himself alone after two of the men were killed and the remaining Soldier was seriously injured. Despite being wounded over five times during his maneuvers, Carter continued on until he encountered eight German infantrymen.
While the Germans attempted to capture him, Carter killed six of them and captured the remaining two, using them as human shields as he backtracked across the field.
With the Germans at his mercy, Carter handed the troops over to his fellow Soldiers, who extracted valuable information.
For his bravery, Carter was promoted to Sergeant First Class and awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
Carter’s mercenary past would eventually catch up with him after the war, resulting in the US Army blacklisting him from re-enlistment in 1949. Claiming he had communist contacts from his Spanish Civil War days, the Army’s accusations were never proven to be true.
For the first time in his adult life, Ed Carter had no war to fight- and in some ways, it killed him. In 1963, Ed Carter died of lung cancer attributed to shrapnel that remained in his neck. He was initially buried in Los Angeles but was later moved to Arlington National Cemetery.
Decades after his death, Carter would be one of six black US American veterans of World War II to be retroactively awarded the Medal of Honor, after it was discovered that many black Americans were denied the medal out of what has been alleged to be discrimination.
Ed Carter was born to fight- and while he was never truly recognized until long after his death, his heroism and grit live eternal in the annals of history.
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