It's been nine years since the day, as a fresh-faced lance corporal on his first deployment to Afghanistan, that he hurled himself onto a live grenade to save the life of a fellow Marine, sustaining massive injuries to the right side of his body that would result in a years-long recovery process.
Where did Kyle Carpenter get blown up?
The Damage. The thick steel body of the grenade flexed and swelled before exploding and tearing flesh and bone from Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter's face. The date was November 21, 2010. The place was Marjah, Afghanistan.
How did Kyle Carpenter survive?
Carpenter was wrapped in pressure dressings and stiffened with splints. The medical team's goal was to get him stable enough to fly to Germany and then to the United States. The medical staff at Walter Reed could rebuild him. He just needed to stay alive until he got there.
Who was the Medal of Honor recipient who jumped on a grenade?
For action in Iraq in 2004, Corporal Jason Lee Dunham was the first Marine to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. Both made a decision to protect their fellow Marines by jumping on a grenade.
Are any ww2 Medal of Honor recipients still alive?
“Woody” Williams, the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, whose heroics under fire over several crucial hours at the Battle of Iwo Jima made him a legend in his native West Virginia, died Wednesday. He was 98.
What happened to William Kyle Carpenter?
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.