In 2010, Cpl. Kyle Carpenter of the United States Marine Corps was nearly killed in Afghanistan. He was only 19. He spent 3 years in military hospitals and had about 40 surgeries in two and a half years.
The Medal of Honor is the highest award that a member of the United States Armed Forces can receive. It’s an award that is typically given to someone who has lost their life in battle while saving other soldiers, but some winners are fortunate to survive their injuries, no matter how extreme, and are recognized for their efforts. Kyle Carpenter is the youngest living Medal of Honor recipient, given the medal because he threw himself in front of a grenade to save another Marine.
An enemy grenade attack and nearly 40 surgeries later, Cpl. Kyle Carpenter went on Letterman to share his unbelievable journey to recovery that led him to complete the Marine Corps Marathon. Watch the video below!
According to Patheos, Carpenter was on a roof when a grenade landed between himself and a fellow Marine, who was also his best friend. He put himself between this friend and the grenade and absorbed the blast, saving his life.
Cpl. Carpenter’s act of valor was recognized when he recently became the second living Marine to receive the highest military decoration since the Vietnam War- the Medal of Honor.
David Letterman of ‘The Late Show’ on CBS, in this interview, describes all of the injuries Kyle endured. Some of them include infinite shattered bones, shrapnel in both legs, two ruptured eardrums, a collapsed right lung, an obliterated jaw, lost vision in the right eye…
“I’m an overachiever,” joked Cpl. Carpenter.
His ability to find humor in such a devastating challenge is truly inspiring. Watch the video:
I am so tired of hearing people tell our military personnel “Thank you for your service.” Why not tell them the truth and say “Thank you for your sacrifice?”
Every man who is in the military is making a sacrifice for our country. They don’t have to be wounded or killed to be sacrificing for the U.S.A. They sacrifice their home, their jobs, their families, their independence, and often their lives. They all gave up part of their lives, something they will never get back. Some more than others but they gave years of their lives.
He’s a true hero in every sense of the word. Thank you for your sacrifice, Kyle Carpenter!!
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