Mar 05

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. Terri

    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. Laurel

    Thank you for your service. You are a true hero. *Respect*

  3. Maurice E. Gilbert Sr.

    How many noticed the Purple Heart in his missing right eye? Well done, Corporal!

    1. Dustin

      If he is awarded the MOH do you think he will replace the purple heart eye with one that has a MOH?

    2. Ron Watson

      THANK YOU for your service. You Sir are a true definition of a Marine.

      Cpl Watson
      USMC 1985 -1993

      Cpl Watson
      US Army 2009 – 2012

    3. Reed M.

      Could not make out the decoration in this photo but know it was something. My son’s SDI, Gunny Popadich, proudly wears the EGA in his eye, and still commands our admiration and respect to this day.

      1. Marlon

        His eye has a Purple Heart on it.

  4. Gloria

    Thank You for your service. May God bless you!

  5. Cher

    No one knows what you all go through for us to have our freedom. Thank you for your service! Thank you! Thank you!

  6. Cher

    No one knows what you go through for us to keep our freedom. Thank you! I again want to say Thank you!

  7. richard durant

    thank you marine semper fi class o 58”

  8. bruce pohlman

    Good catch. Nice touch!

    A true hero, Cpl Carpenter.

  9. Regina Falk

    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.

  10. Valerie

    Thank you for your service and courageous action!

  11. David Overbeck

    Semper Fi brother! Enough said!

  12. Barry Wallo

    You are truly your brothers keeper . Death b4 Dishonor Devil Dog Semper Fi

  13. Jacqueline Smith Weeks

    You probably saved my nephew Ronnie’s life. Forever grateful. Always in my heart and prayers! <3

  14. Lisa Remer

    Thank you, Cpl Carpenter, for your bravery and service! May God bless you!!!! Semper Fi, brother! LCpl Lisa Remer USMCR, 87-95.

  15. Lane Millis

    This hero has walked through hell and lived to tell about it. Well deserved Devil Dog!

  16. Chrystal Fulton

    You will always be a hero to me!!! Thank you so much for all you have done!!! God Bless you!!! You are such a hero for all of us!!!

  17. John Fleming

    God bless you Kyle. As a former sailor, thank you for your service.

  18. Christine Lee

    Thank you for your sacrifice and your bravery! May God be with you and bless you always!

  19. Kellie

    I am in awe of your bravery! You are truly a hero!

  20. Bridget

    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.

  21. Jesse


  22. mickey katz

    semper fi THANK you and welcome home.. cpl katz 81 to 85

  23. Bob H. Bement

    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.

  24. Derek

    Thanks brother. I’m glad they are recognizing you for your sacrifice. 2/9 2007-2012

  25. Raelyn

    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. :)

  26. Parker Bodkins

    Thank you for your service. You are truly an American hero.

  27. JoAnne

    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.

  28. Dorothy O'Connor

    You are a true hero in every sense of the word. God Bless you for your courage & service. Siemper Fi.

  29. Sgt T Grynovich

    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!

  30. Chuck (Robbie) Robinson

    Had two tours in ‘Nam with USMC. Semper FI brother!

  31. Javier Crespo

    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.

  32. G. Aliceson Edwards

    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.

  33. Daniel Holt

    Semper Fidelis Corporal. God bless you and thank you for your sacrifice in the service of our nation.

  34. Art Scheel

    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…

  35. Linda

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

  36. MIke

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

    1. USMC Life

      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.

  37. Ignacio Payan

    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.

  38. kyle

    Thank you for your shining example of a true hero and soldier. God bless you.
    SPC Kyle Sneed
    U.S Army

  39. Aj Page

    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.

  40. Jim Jones

    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

  41. M. Lake

    A true American hero!

  42. Colleen Kandler-Chapman

    Thank you for all you have done and all that you do. God Bless you and yours!!

  43. Corrie Waarum

    Thank you for your selfless acts of courage. You are irreplaceable and I thank you for your dedication, honor and commitement to our country!

  44. Corrie Waarum

    Thank you for your selfless acts of courage. You are irreplaceable and I thank you for your dedication, honor and commitment to our country!

  45. Larry Placido

    Semper Fi, My Brother… Marines Always look after Our Own.

  46. Claudia

    You’re a true HERO. Thank you son.

  47. Larry Basham

    Thank you William.

  48. Robert Post

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

  49. David Nute

    Courage above and beyond, I salute you sir and thank God we have people like you prepared to put their lives on the line for us back home in the US and the UK

  50. Kristine Black

    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.

  51. Fred Farklestone

    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!

  52. Master Chief Daniel Parkhurst

    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!!

  53. David

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

  54. Becky Bolton

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. Steven Gillespie

    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!

  56. Alex

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

  57. Shannon lynn jacobs

    May god bless you . Thank you for all that you have done .

  58. Jennifer Barlow

    Thank you and God bless you!!!!

  59. Shomahna

    Thank you for all you do!!!

  60. Laurance Carlson

    It takes a real man to do something like that. Thank you. HOORAH!! Semper Fidelis

  61. Mark DiGeronimo

    God has Blessed you. Thank you and your comrades for your service.

  62. Jennifer Cardella

    Thank you for all you do for our country. You are beautiful inside and out!

  63. J Bohannon


    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

  64. Robert John Leupold

    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.

  65. thomas wolf

    President Harry Truman once remarked that he sooner have the MOH than being President…

  66. Thomas W. Wolf

    President Harry Truman once said he would sooner have the MOH than be President of the United States….job well done young man

  67. carol shapiro

    thank you for your service and bravery…May the Lord bless you and keep you!

  68. James C. Gilbert

    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.

  69. Desarae Wayne

    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.

  70. Myrna Ortiz

    Thank you, for you service. God Bless you and your family stay strong Marine…xxx

  71. leslie

    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.

  72. wishmick martin

    God bless you marine thank you again for your service to our contry

  73. Ric Guerrero

    Thank you for your service and sacrifice. We are blessed to have people like you in the service. WELL DONE!

  74. Carlos

    Well deserved

  75. Diana Rosen

    Thank you, thank you, Cpl. Carpenter, for your service and bravery! God bless you and keep you safe. – Diana

  76. Julie

    God bless this soldier and all who fight to keep us safe. He is the definition of honor and courage.

    1. Bobbie Lambeth

      Begging your pardon, ma’am but he is NOT a soldier…He is a UNITED STATES MARINE!!! There is a difference…Semper Fi, my brother in arms…USMC 75-81

  77. Linda Carpenter

    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.

  78. Danny

    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!

  79. Robin Geldersma

    God has truly blessed you. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

  80. Mike Castigliola

    Thank you Sir for the courage. America is Proud!

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