Honor, Bravery, Sacrifice: The Story of Pfc. Bruce W. Carter

This video will say all that needs to be said about Pfc. Bruce W. Carter in terms of his actions on one day of his life in the midst of a fierce battlefield in Vietnam. He received the Medal of Honor posthumously and has been given the honor of a place of rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

Bruce Carter was no different than any American, except in the ultimate sacrifice he made on that day so far away from home, family and friends. But that is only one way to look at it. What he did that day was a supreme act of love for his Marine “family;” his brothers. 

As Paul told the Romans in his letter to them 2,000 years ago, “For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.” (Romans 5:7). 

Pfc. Bruce W. Carter was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
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Pfc. Bruce W. Carter was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
Pfc. Carter made the ultimate sacrifice to save his men.
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Pfc. Carter made the ultimate sacrifice to save his men.
Pfc. Carter received the Medal of Honor on August 7, 1969.
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Pfc. Carter received the Medal of Honor on August 7, 1969.

On that day, Pfc. Bruce Carter chose to die for his brothers, in order that they might live.   

Semper Fidelis, Pfc. Carter.
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Semper Fidelis, Pfc. Carter.

There are two important days coming up next week. One has special importance to the Marine Corps that Pfc. Carter served with so honorably, the Marine Corps birthday, and Veterans Day. Let Pfc Carter’s story here be a reason to pause on Nov. 10 to remember those who have served and who are presently serving in the United States Marine Corps, and all who have served in the other four branches of our Armed Forces over our history.

The Veteran Site is humbled by the self-sacrificing love and courage of Pfc. Bruce Carter.  We remember him here. We also remember his Gold Star family whose sacrifice still lingers with them each day. We are honored to know that such people are among us.   

Semper Fidelis, Pfc. Carter! We remain Fratres Aeterni! OoRah! 

Dan Doyle

Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.

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