The White House announced today that Marine veteran Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter will receive the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Carpenter will receive the medal from President Barack Obama.
True to form in an amazing video message, Medal of Honor recipient William ‘Kyle’ Carpenter says,
“I won’t ever quit” he says. “I am just getting started.”
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.”