U.S. Marine William Kyle Carpenter will reportedly receive the Medal of Honor for his heroic service in Afghanistan. In November 2010, he sustained serious injuries while saving the life of his friend and fellow soldier Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio.
Carpenter, who is medically retired as a corporal, was standing guard on a rooftop with Eufrazio when he jumped on a grenade to absorb the blast with his body. He lost his right eye, most of his teeth, and shattered his mouth and arm, but he survived.
Eufrazio survived too but sustained a severe head injury that left him unable to speak for about two years.
The report that the now 24-year-old soldier will be awarded the nation’s highest combat valor honor has not yet been confirmed, and the details of the incident have been difficult to obtain, as there were no witnesses and both men suffered injuries that kept them from remembering the blast.
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However, other corpsmen that knew the friends had no doubt that Carpenter shielded his buddy. A medical specialist who treated them both said that his injuries were consistent to him having covered the grenade, and forensic evidence showed that it detonated under his body.
Even though it’s been a painful recovery, Carpenter doesn’t seem to mind his injuries too much. He said, "I'm still here and kicking, and I have all my limbs, so you'll never hear me complain.”
You’re a good man, soldier.
Do you think you’d have the guts to jump on a grenade to save a friend?
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