This afternoon the President of the United States awarded the Medal of Honor to William Kyle Carpenter, Corporal, USMC (Ret.) for his selfless action near Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on the 21st of November, 2010.
Then Lance Corporal Carpenter was on a rooftop in a small village, along with fellow Lance Corporal Eufrazio, when he was severely injured by the blast of a grenade. LCPL Eufrazio was also badly injured by the blast.
The incident has been under review for years, eventually coming to the inescapable conclusion that then LCPL Carpenter had used his body to shield his fellow Marine from the grenade’s blast.
CPL Carpenter has undergone about 40 surgeries to repair, in so far as is possible, the damage done to him by that blast.
He is currently an undergraduate student at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He is also currently the youngest living Medal of Honor recipient.
Well done, Corporal Carpenter. God Bless and good luck in all your future endeavors.