Marine Kyle Carpenter to receive Medal of Honor
Had intended to write about the budget cuts today, but events superceded me last night when it was announced that Kyle Carpenter would join Dakota Meyer as the only living Marines to receive the Medal of Honor for OIF/OEF. (Cpl. Jason Dunham earned his medal at the cost of his life.
A former Marine who was severely wounded during a 2010 grenade attack in Afghanistan will receive the Medal of Honor later this year, Marine Corps Times has learned.
William Kyle Carpenter, 24, a medically retired corporal, will become the service's third Medal of Honor recipient of the nation's highest combat valor award from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which date to October 2001. The Marine Corps is finalizing plans with the White House for a ceremony in Washington, officials said...
Carpenter's Medal of Honor nomination stems from reports that, as a 21-year-old lance corporal, he intentionally covered a grenade to save the life of his friend, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio, on Nov. 21, 2010, as the two Marines were standing guard on a rooftop in Afghanistan's Helmand province. Both men survived the blast but were badly wounded. Carpenter lost his right eye and most of his teeth. His jaw was shattered and his arm was broken in dozens of places.
Eufrazio sustained damage to the frontal lobe of his brain from shrapnel. Until recently, his wounds rendered him unable to speak.
There's a great video of Kyle where you get a feeling for just how humble a man he is:
It bears noting here as well that while I was at the North Pole the White House announced that it would be issuing 24 other Medals of Honor to service-members from previous conflicts. Each of them deserve their own but because of copyright law I can't just reproduce the article in full, so please go read this article on WTKR about these brave men.