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Marine Kyle Carpenter threw himself on a grenade to save his comrades

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Kyle Carpenter is the face of courage.

He honors those who gave all: I hate heights but I made a promise to myself, after dying three times, that I would never not do something that would make me feel alive. So, this is for that promise to myself and for all of those who are no longer with this.

It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since the day that would change my life forever, Kyle wrote in 2020. . November 21st, 2010 was a day I would die but it was also a day that led to new life…..more life. The past ten years have been a long and difficult but beautiful journey. A journey of discovering perseverance, purpose and perspective through long, dark and painful nights. A journey of support, love and healing from family, friends and community. I am thankful for my path because it led me to who and where I am today. We never know what the future holds. All I know is that I am forever grateful to be here and I will never take a single moment, breath or sunrise for granted.

WILLIAM KYLE CARPENTER

DETAILS

  • ALSO KNOWN AS: CARPENTER, KYLE
  • RANK: LANCE CORPORAL (HIGHEST RANK: CORPORAL)
  • CONFLICT/ERA: WAR ON TERRORISM (AFGHANISTAN)
  • UNIT/COMMAND: 
    COMPANY F, 2D BATTALION, 9TH MARINES, REGIMENTAL COMBAT TEAM 1, 
    1ST MARINE DIVISION (FORWARD), 1 MARINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (FORWARD)
  • MILITARY SERVICE BRANCH: U.S. MARINE CORPS
  • MEDAL OF HONOR ACTION DATE:NOVEMBER 21, 2010
  • MEDAL OF HONOR ACTION PLACE:MARJAH DISTRICT, HELMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN

CITATION

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), 1 Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on 21 November 2010. Lance Corporal Carpenter was a member of a platoon-sized coalition force, comprised of two reinforced Marine squads partnered with an Afghan National Army squad. The platoon had established Patrol Base Dakota two days earlier in a small village in the Marjah District in order to disrupt enemy activity and provide security for the local Afghan population. Lance Corporal Carpenter and a fellow Marine were manning a rooftop security position on the perimeter of Patrol Base Dakota when the enemy initiated a daylight attack with hand grenades, one of which landed inside their sandbagged position. Without hesitation, and with complete disregard for his own safety, Lance Corporal Carpenter moved toward the grenade in an attempt to shield his fellow Marine from the deadly blast. When the grenade detonated, his body absorbed the brunt of the blast, severely wounding him, but saving the life of his fellow Marine. By his undaunted courage, bold fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of almost certain death, Lance Corporal Carpenter reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

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