Marine Kyle Carpenter to receive Medal of Honor Today

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Marine Kyle Carpenter to receive Medal of Honor Today

I've talked about Kyle before, but today is his ceremony and I wanted to reqcquaint you with him. 

From Stars and Stripes:

Marine Lance Cpls. Kyle Carpenter and Nicholas Eufrazio were standing watch on the roof of a mud and timber building being used as the command center at Patrol Base Dakota, in the Marjah district of Helmand province.

Their squad was pushing south into Taliban strongholds, working to set up patrol bases and establish a stronger U.S. Marine presence in the volatile region.

On the morning of Nov. 21, 2010, insurgents threw three grenades.One landed on the roof. Rather than trying to escape the blast or shield himself, Carpenter dove on top of the grenade to protect his comrade.

“Due to [then] Lance Corporal Carpenter’s actions, the majority of the grenade blast was deflected down rather than up, causing a cone-shaped hole to be blown down through the ceiling of the command operations center (below) … Lance Corporal Carpenter’s body absorbed a majority of the resulting explosion,” according to a Marine Corps account of the battle. The blast seat of the grenade was found under Carpenter’s torso.

“His total disregard for his own personal safety distinguishes his conduct above and beyond the call of duty,” according to the Marine Corps.

Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter, now medically retired, will be at the White House on Thursday to receive the Medal of Honor — the nation’s highest award for military valor — for his actions in Afghanistan.

You should go read the entire piece at Stars and Stripes.

I found a really good video on Youtube of Kyle talking about life over there too that gives you a chance to hear it from him directly, and to see how he carries himself.  What a hero.  Just an amazing story.  Excited to watch the ceremony today online.

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