In 2010, Kyle Carpenter jumped into the line of fire to save the life of a fellow Marine. In 2014, Carpenter was honored with the U.S. military’s highest award, the Medal of Honor.
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Bravery Under Fire
In 2010, Carpenter deployed to Afghanistan. During a routine patrol, his battalion came under fire from a grenade attack. A military investigation later concluded that Carpenter was injured while protecting his friend Nick Eufrazio from the grenade.
Carpenter’s arms and jaw were broken, and he lost an eye. Eufrazio had extensive shrapnel damage to his face and body. Both of the soldiers survived.
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Recovery and Recognition
Carpenter retired from the military in 2013. In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded him the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony.
In its citation, the military commended Carpenter for his incredible bravery and his willingness to put his life on the line for another.
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Get Inspired by His Story
Carpenter has written a book that will inspire you to create a great life in spite of all the odds.
The name of the book is You Are Worth It: Building a Life Worth Fighting For and it will be available from booksellers in October 2019.
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Dianne Crain says
What a brave you man you are. Caring for you men is so heroic. God bless you. And my He comforter and guide you always. Thank you for your service sir!
Barb Shearer says
I want to know what monetary help the country you fought for is giving to you. Sorry a metal does not put food on the table or a home plus it being adapted to your needs , are your children if any coveted for school extras. Do you get transportation, like everything you could would do for yourself an family are they being probed Ed. Thank for all you did for our country.
That’s been MY point for a LONG time now!! All this lip-service dishonoring the flag by taking a knee to protest police brutality is nothing but trash in comparison to the way this country treats its service men and women! There is NOTHING more disrespectful than selling “country first” to these men and women, only to turn your back on them when they come home disabled and shell-shocked from protecting the very flag, freedoms, and government that spouts how much they honor our service men and women!! The same country can find money to build bigger prisons, finance celebrity and sporting events, and bankroll crooked financial institutions, can’t find money to provide these brave men and women with housing and medical care!!! In my opinion, they’re FAR more disrespectful and damaging to the respect of our miliatry than athletes and celebrities who take a knee!!
Jake c. says
I totally agree that he needs money and he will. It’s not astronomical by no means. He was retired from the military. When you are retired from a medical situation like that, he’ll receive up to, if not the whole 100% of his pay, he’ll have insurance on him and his family for life ,until the kids are 21 I believe. He will recieve grants that allow him to adapt his house if need be as well as adaptation to his vehicle. Beyond that I’m not a 100 % sure.
Mj stone says
What can I say to a Hero? You certainly are one.
Thank you for your service…above n beyond.
God’s biggest blessings on you dear one. You are incredibly handsome, even with your scars. Love your “handle”…chicksdigscars…or close to that.
Love, thanks n prayers…
Beverly Loeb says
Kylie Carpenter what a brave man you are. To be brave enough to die for a fellow Marine.
Best wishes for you and praise God for the mission he put you through and for saving you.
We all have a purpose in life and I feel you found yours.
Betsy Stevens says
This young man is incredible right to the core. May God Bless him.
Candace Staggs says
My heart is full of idk really. U r truly a hero, an THANK YOU. GOD BLESS YOU SIR. 🗽🎖️🇺🇸
Thank You for Your Service and Sacrifice!!!GOD BLESS!!!
Nellie Enright says
Unbelievable! Wish there were more young men today like Kyle. Absolutely a true hero and even more a true friend. Not all friends would do what he did! Truly giving to survive your fellow man! Most people are for themselves that is for sure. For themselves first too! True hero no doubt. We need more of you! Thank God you’re still here! Love and prayers and blessings on your soul and your family forever! Good job!
Richard Anderson says
You don’t hear very many stories like this anymore. The selfless act of saving your brothers at your own peril is the greatest gift possible. I am keenly aware of the challenges you live with after a trauma to your body like yours. I truly believe that God put you there because you were the right man to save others. And I have no doubt that you will be blessed. Your spirit is an inspiration to the many.
Ted Andrews says
You are the best I think is a great what you did may God bless you it may you be successful in whatever you do
God bless you sir
Tina Gosney says
Semper Fi Marine! God Bless you every single day! As a Marine Mom, I am sending hugs and wishes for a wonderful life. You are still a good looking young man! God Bless!
Cindy fresca says
Kyle, I have had many family members and friends in the military, and thank God have all come home safely. I thank you for your service and what you sacrifices of yourself over there. Who knows the other person could have been a friend. I wish you a long safe happy life with my heart felt thank you. GOD BLESS.
Kyle, you are One AMAZING MAN! Like…SUPERMAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR AND SPIDER-MAN ALL ROLLED UP INTO ONE INCREDIBLE SUPER HERO!
Actually you are BETTER than that! YOU ARE A TRUE AMERICAN HERO! It is an Honor to be able to say, THANK YOU for fighting to protect me, my freedoms, and my country!
May GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU, AND GIVE YOU HIS PEACE!
Mary P. says
Kyle, THANK YOU !!!!!! I hope your book becomes a best seller and more people are made aware of what you did. God bless
Maureen Dunlop says
You are our man of fame. You are our country. You are a brother, a deeper love than anyone can tell. There are no words in our entire vocabulary that can express the love that we as Americans feel for you. You are the epitomy of what a man can be. We look up to you. May God bless you .
christine Leigh says
I just purchased his book through Amazon. Perhaps that’s the best way to support this incredible man. I think I’ll buy additional copies as gifts.
Frankie K says
I’m speechless at this moment’ this pure act of selfishness is beyond anything I can comprehend, you Sir literally was willing to give ur own life for another , without any hesitation whatsoever. My goodness the bravery, the heart, that you carry is truly one of a kind . Thank You for everything that you have done, did and continue to do to inspire all who will read this article. My heart is filled with Hope for our world because of individuals like yourself ♥️