"I felt like I wanted to do it. I felt like it's the right thing to do."
Carlos Ackermann moved to Fort Wayne from Peru when he was 17. In 2006, he joined the Army.
"It teaches a lot of discipline. I didn't know much discipline when I was a civilian and you learn it's not about anything but the guy next to you, so the mission becomes you gotta bring everyone home."
After being stationed in Germany, Carlos served a 15 month deployment in Iraq and a 12 month deployment in Afghanistan.
"In Afghanistan, you have to walk the mountains. You get ambushed a lot and that's how I lost 2 friends."
On January 7th, 2012, Carlos and his platoon was ambushed by more than 60 Taliban. Carlos received the bronze star with Combat V and the purple heart for his courage and quick action during the attack. He was also added to the Military Hall of Honor.
"Veterans go through a lot, I'd rather not talk about it sometimes."
Carlos is still close with many of the soldiers he met overseas.
"They were brothers. Some didn't make it home and we remember them everyday."
Carlos was nominated by his nephew to be a Hometown Hero.
"I'm very proud of it. It's the best time of my life. I learned a lot for life and from life."
Now that he is retired from the military, Carlos says he hopes to join the Fort Wayne Police Department as an officer.
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