Because of the Brave

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Medal of Honor Monday: Corporal William Kyle Carpenter

Posted by hfalk on February 11, 2020 at 9:35 PM


This weeks Medal of Honor Monday talks about Kyle Carpenter. Corporal Carpenter is the youngest living Medal of Honor Recipient at 30 years old. He served from 2009-2013, and received the MOH for his heroic actions in Afghanistan in 2010. Kyle Carpenter jumped on an enemy grenade that was hurled onto his rooftop security position. He saved the life of another marine, because he absorbed most of the grenade. Kyle lost his right eye, as well as most of his face from the nose down. It took dozens of surgeries and almost three years in and out of the hospital to reconstruct his body. He has written the book You Are Worth It: Building a Life Worth Fighting For that was published on October 15, 2019. His book describes his journey, and he says that his book “will truly help people.” A full blog post on Medal of Honor Recipient Kyle Carpenter will be posted at 7pm EST on the website []

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Citation from the CMOHS

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), 1 Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on 21 November 2010. Lance Corporal Carpenter was a member of a platoon-sized coalition force, comprised of two reinforced Marine squads partnered with an Afghan National Army squad. The platoon had established Patrol Base Dakota two days earlier in a small village in the Marjah District in order to disrupt enemy activity and provide security for the local Afghan population. Lance Corporal Carpenter and a fellow Marine were manning a rooftop security position on the perimeter of Patrol Base Dakota when the enemy initiated a daylight attack with hand grenades, one of which landed inside their sandbagged position. Without hesitation, and with complete disregard for his own safety, Lance Corporal Carpenter moved toward the grenade in an attempt to shield his fellow Marine from the deadly blast. When the grenade detonated, his body absorbed the brunt of the blast, severely wounding him, but saving the life of his fellow Marine. By his undaunted courage, bold fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of almost certain death, Lance Corporal Carpenter reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

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