Although he was an infantry staff sergeant, Edward Carter had hitched a ride on a tank as American troops fought the Nazis in Germany on March 23, 1945. But then the armored vehicle was hit by enemy fire. Carter’s bravery in the seconds that followed still has the capacity to amaze more than 70 years later.
Edward Allen Carter Jr. was born in May 1916 in Los Angeles, California. Carter’s father was an African American while his mother was from the Indian city of Calcutta. Both of his parents were missionaries and Carter spent much of his childhood in India and later in the Chinese city of Shanghai.