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Marine Kyle Carpenter selected for Medal of Honor for heroics in Afghanistan

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William Kyle Carpenter has been selected as the next Medal of Honor recipient for his heroic actions in Afghanistan, as reported by the Marine Corps Times.

Carpenter was severely wounded in 2010 who saved the life of his friend, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio, by intentionally covering a grenade when they were standing guard in Marjah district with 2/9 based out Camp Lejeune’s 6th Marines.

Both Marines survived the blast, but were severely injured. “Carpenter lost his right eye and most of his teeth, his jaw was shattered and his arm was broken in dozens of places” reports the Marine Corps Times.

Carpenter is a medically retired corporal who is still active with Marines today. According to Hope Hodge Seck of the Marine Corps Times,

“Carpenter has maintained close ties with the Marine Corps and has been featured as a guest of honor at several command events. In November, he posted a photo on his Facebook page that shows him alongside Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Mike Barrett and Dakota Meyer, who in 2011 became the first Marine Medal of Honor recipient out of the war in Afghanistan. Meyer and Carpenter paid a joint visit to Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. the same month.”

Cpl William Kyle Carpenter describes his combat experience during an interview with the Marine Corps Times. Source: Screenshot from above Marine Corps Times embedded interview.
Cpl William Kyle Carpenter describes his combat experience during an interview with the Marine Corps Times. Source: Screenshot from above Marine Corps Times embedded interview.

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  1. Thank you Corporal Carpenter! It’s brave people like you who give our country the title Land Of The Free, Home of The Brave! Semper Fi, and God Bless You!

  2. Cpl Carpenter, No behalf of myself and the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 10774 Falkville Alabama I extend to you a heart felt THANK YOU for your service to us and our country. you are the reason we do what we do. May god richly Bless you.

  3. A true American hero! Thank you for your service to our country! Words will never accurately express the gratitude I have for everyone in the service.

  4. I was at an age that I wasn’t drafted and I didn’t have to serve in the Military. So I want to thank you for your service. I always say that men like you pick up the tab for guys like me. I have all of the freedoms that you enjoy in this great country, but you gave a lot and I didn’t give any. Thanks for picking up the tab. I know I owe you one and I would be happy to repay you if I could. I would love to be able to give you an eye, replace your teeth and put you back the way you started. I can’t and Thank You sounds so weak. But that is all I have. You are a man I am extremely proud of. Bob Bement.

  5. God bless you, Cpl Kyle Carpenter. You are a true American hero. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for fighting for my freedom!!!! Stay strong. I’ll be praying for you and yours. 🙂

  6. Thank you Corporal Carpenter for your service and your bravery. Welcome Home and thank you for making it possible for us to live in a country made safer by men and women like yourself. Here is a handshake and hug via the web.

  7. Could you imagine a world filled with people this Compassionate and Brave? There would be nothing we couldn’t overcome, nothing unobtainable. God Bless you and your family. Semper Fi and thank you Brother!

  8. You sir are a hero. The world would be a far better place with more men like you in it. God bless you, your family and all our men and women serving now and who have served.

  9. I applaud the young man and what he did. It’s MEDAL of Honor, not metal. He earned the right to have it be correct.

  10. He was medically retired because he could no longer perform his duties. They were afraid the clanking of those huge brass ones would alert too many enemies.

    Semper Fi, devil…

  11. Thank you so much for your service! You are a true hero and deserve the best and the recognition of your heroic actions!

  12. Just a note on the Facebook page post: It says “Metal of Honor,” vs. “Medal of Honor” –thought you’d like to fix that.

    • Mike, Yes I’m sorry that I missed it. I’m not trying to make excuses, but it was our 3rd snow day that week and my kids were running around the house and it was chaotic. Unfortunately, I can’t edit FB posts (unlike personal pages) otherwise I would have changed it. Thanks for your understanding and my most sincerest apologies.

  13. Dear sir your bravery to save thy neighbor was outstanding a medal of eternal life should be given to you.
    But what i don’t comprehend is why fight a war that doesn’t belong to us in the first place?

    The government doesn’t appreciate your valor or yout heart of such bravery, just saying. I have a brother that served in the army thats retired, to get benefits for the service rendered to his government was outstanding but his government serving him sucks.

  14. Thank You….so many of us, need to see and understand better what it has taken for us to enjoy the liberties we have.
    Appreciate what you have been through, so I can be a husband and father in this great country.

  15. Thank you for your service brother. You are a true Marine, with disregard for yourself to help protect others. Semper Fi Devil Dog. SSG USMC 13Sug64 – 23Oct73

  16. You are the true definition of not only an American Hero but the true definition of a Real MARINE….. UHRA….SEMPER FI

  17. I am honored to have this opportunity to say THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. You are the embodiment of a TRUE AMERICAN. I wish you the best always.

  18. Semper Fi, from one Marine to another Marine!

    At least the site usmclife.com could have spelled the word “medal” correctly, instead of spelling it metal!

  19. Thank you for your distinguished service Corporal Carpenter. You are the epitomy of what a true American Hero is. I was very impressed by your spirit and attitude of thankfulness. I am proud to call you a brother at Arms. Semper Fidelis, Marine!!

  20. Thank you being the person you are. You are awesome!!! You are respected and you are loved! God bless you and your family.

  21. This is one of so many reasons why I am so honored and humbled to live in our great Country. Thank you to Cpl. Carpenter and all of our other service members past, present, and future. Without bravery and sacrifice, the bells of liberty would not ring loud and free! Corporal Carpenter, you are an inspiration to us all! Godspeed!

  22. Thank you. Your story and sacrifice is amazing, You give me hope, that there’s still many good people in this world.

  23. Son,

    You are by far the meaning of the word hero. Your selfless act…Your Dedication to your fellow Marines…The commitment to save your friends…your enlistment…You have given up so much and have done so without regard for your own well being. I am truly touched by your story and honored to know that you exist in a world where hero tiles are given to people for the slightest of polite gestures. If I could save you in the manner that you did others…it would be my honor. When the buzz dies down and sadly, it will trust in the world around you. There are many more people that will not only stand by your side but stand for you because of your proven courage and heroism. May you have a blessed life.

    CMC Bohannon
    USNR

  24. As a father to two Iraq War veteran Marines, my daughter and son in law, I want to convey my highest respect for your heroism and commitment to the vanguard of America’s military, THE UNITED STATES MARINES.

  25. Its about damn time.

    THIS man is who The United States is really made of. Not the wimpy sweeties you see coming from hollywood or sports as “heros”.
    God keep you safe Corporal. Thank you.

  26. Thank you for your service! 🙂 I’m so glad you & your fellow soldier survived the grenade blast… What a true hero!!! I have a lot of respect & pride for the US military. I was in the Army Nat’l Guard but never had to go overseas or face anything like what these soldiers are facing ever since 9/11. Thank you again for your service, & your sacrifice. I’m praying for your healing. I know it’s a long process.

  27. You are an amazing warrior, spirit, man, and inspiration. I hope and pray that your life becomes everything you want it to be. God Bless You, soldier.

  28. My name is Linda Carpenter and I very proud of this young man for his courageous and brave act 0f bravery. I would feel very honored if this young man was related to us. I am very proud of his bravery to say the least.

  29. A man by the last name of White will be the next recipient, wonder why this story was leaked before the official release? None the less a true bamf here and deserves this!

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