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.”
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!
Thank you for your service. You are a true hero. *Respect*
How many noticed the Purple Heart in his missing right eye? Well done, Corporal!
If he is awarded the MOH do you think he will replace the purple heart eye with one that has a MOH?
THANK YOU for your service. You Sir are a true definition of a Marine.
USMC 1985 -1993
US Army 2009 – 2012
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.
His eye has a Purple Heart on it.
Thank You for your service. May God bless you!
No one knows what you all go through for us to have our freedom. Thank you for your service! Thank you! Thank you!
No one knows what you go through for us to keep our freedom. Thank you! I again want to say Thank you!
thank you marine semper fi class o 58”
Good catch. Nice touch!
A true hero, Cpl Carpenter.
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.
Thank you for your service and courageous action!
Semper Fi brother! Enough said!
You are truly your brothers keeper . Death b4 Dishonor Devil Dog Semper Fi
You probably saved my nephew Ronnie’s life. Forever grateful. Always in my heart and prayers! <3
Thank you, Cpl Carpenter, for your bravery and service! May God bless you!!!! Semper Fi, brother! LCpl Lisa Remer USMCR, 87-95.
This hero has walked through hell and lived to tell about it. Well deserved Devil Dog!
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!!!
God bless you Kyle. As a former sailor, thank you for your service.
Thank you for your sacrifice and your bravery! May God be with you and bless you always!
I am in awe of your bravery! You are truly a hero!
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.
THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS
semper fi THANK you and welcome home.. cpl katz 81 to 85
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.
Thanks brother. I’m glad they are recognizing you for your sacrifice. 2/9 2007-2012
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. 🙂
Thank you for your service. You are truly an American hero.
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.
You are a true hero in every sense of the word. God Bless you for your courage & service. Siemper Fi.
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!
Had two tours in ‘Nam with USMC. Semper FI brother!
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.
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.
Semper Fidelis Corporal. God bless you and thank you for your sacrifice in the service of our nation.
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…
Thank you so much for your service! You are a true hero and deserve the best and the recognition of your heroic actions!
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.
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.
Thank you for your shining example of a true hero and soldier. God bless you.
SPC Kyle Sneed
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.
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
A true American hero!
Thank you for all you have done and all that you do. God Bless you and yours!!
Thank you for your selfless acts of courage. You are irreplaceable and I thank you for your dedication, honor and commitement to our country!
Thank you for your selfless acts of courage. You are irreplaceable and I thank you for your dedication, honor and commitment to our country!
Semper Fi, My Brother… Marines Always look after Our Own.
You’re a true HERO. Thank you son.
Thank you William.
You are the true definition of not only an American Hero but the true definition of a Real MARINE….. UHRA….SEMPER FI
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
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.
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!
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!!
Thank you being the person you are. You are awesome!!! You are respected and you are loved! God bless you and your family.
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!
Thank you. Your story and sacrifice is amazing, You give me hope, that there’s still many good people in this world.
May god bless you . Thank you for all that you have done .
Thank you and God bless you!!!!
Thank you for all you do!!!
It takes a real man to do something like that. Thank you. HOORAH!! Semper Fidelis
God has Blessed you. Thank you and your comrades for your service.
Thank you for all you do for our country. You are beautiful inside and out!
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.
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.
President Harry Truman once remarked that he sooner have the MOH than being President…
President Harry Truman once said he would sooner have the MOH than be President of the United States….job well done young man
thank you for your service and bravery…May the Lord bless you and keep you!
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.
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.
Thank you, for you service. God Bless you and your family stay strong Marine…xxx
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.
God bless you marine thank you again for your service to our contry
Thank you for your service and sacrifice. We are blessed to have people like you in the service. WELL DONE!
Thank you, thank you, Cpl. Carpenter, for your service and bravery! God bless you and keep you safe. – Diana
God bless this soldier and all who fight to keep us safe. He is the definition of honor and courage.
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
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.
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!
God has truly blessed you. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
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Thank you Sir for the courage. America is Proud!