He fought for his country, risked his life in battle but only received dignity and honor 60 years after the war.
Few people know about the contribution Edward A. Carter Jr. made as a soldier defending the United States of America.
Despite his heroic deeds, Carter was denied receiving a Medal of Honor, the highest award for bravery.
The reason for this was the endemic racism prevalent in the U.S. Armed Forces.
It took over sixty years for Carter to receive the recognition he deserved.
However, it came too late.
Biography Of Edward A. Carter Jr.
Carter’s life story is anything but mundane. His innate bravery and character were obvious from a young age.
He was born in Los Angeles and in 1916 he moved, with his missionary parents, to Shanghai.
At 15, he ran away from home and joined the Chinese Army.
When they discovered he was a minor, he was sent back to his parents.
Ironically, he had already reached the rank of lieutenant before the truth came to light.
Following the abrupt end to his plans, Carter did not give up the fight.
He enrolled at a military school in Shanghai where he was an exemplary student.
He became a skilled soldier and studied Chinese, German, and Hindi.
With his newly acquired expertise, he was keen to get into action, so he joined the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.
This was a volunteer army engaged in fighting fascism in the Spanish Civil War.
In the 1940s, Carter returned to Los Angeles and joined the United States Army.
He settled down, married Mildred Hoover, and they had two sons.