Army Staff Sergeant Edward Allen Carter Jr. earned the U.S. military’s highest decoration for valor following his heroic actions in Germany during WWII. His story will be one of eight chronicled for the upcoming Netflix original documentary series “Medal of Honor,” premiering Nov. 9.
The son of missionaries – a black American father and East Indian mother – Carter entered the Army on Sept. 26, 1941. Despite racial segregation, black men were allowed to volunteer for combat duty and were trained in “small-unit tactics” to augment depleted divisions.
On March 23, 1945, Carter, 28, heroically acted when his tank was hit by bazooka fire. In crossing an open field to take cover, he was wounded five times, and eight German soldiers attempted to capture him. He killed six and captured the remaining two, using the pair as human shields from enemy fire as he recrossed the field. His two prisoners ended up providing key information on enemy troop deployment for his unit.
“Medal of Honor,” with Robert Zemeckis among the executive producers, features family members and brothers-in-arms recalling the extraordinary odds faced by the servicemen, and through intense recreations and archival footage, viewers get inside their minds to uncover how they handled what many have described as “the worst day of their lives.”
Watch the trailer below:
Below are all of the honorees highlighted among the eight episodes:
SYLVESTER ANTOLAK – World War II
CLINT ROMESHA – Afghanistan
EDWARD CARTER – World War II
HIROSHI “HERSHEY” MIYAMURA – Korean War
VITO BERTOLDO – World War II
JOSEPH VITTORI – Korean War
RICHARD L. ETCHBERGER – Vietnam
TY M. CARTER – Afghanistan