Marine corporal receives Medal of Honor

By Lance Cpl. Eric Keenan, Defense Media Activity

Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter receives the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military honor, from President Barack Obama at the White House June 19, 2014. Carpenter received the medal for his actions while deployed to Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in 2010. He became the third Marine and the 15th overall recipient of the medal for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter poses for his official Medal of Honor photo inside the Sheraton hotel, Arlington, Va., June 18, 2014. Cpl. Carpenter will receive the Medal for his actions while serving in Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael C. Guinto/Released)
WASHINGTON -- Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter received the nation’s highest military honor from President Barack Obama at the White House June 19.
Carpenter received the Medal of Honor for his actions while deployed in Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2010. He became the third Marine and the 15th overall recipient of the medal for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

“With that singular act of courage, Kyle, you not only saved your brother in arms, you displayed heroism in a blink of an eye that will inspire for generations — valor worthy of our nation’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor,” said Obama.
On Nov. 21, 2010, Taliban insurgents initiated an attack on Carpenter’s squad, part of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. Carpenter, the squad automatic rifleman for his fire team, and Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio were holding a rooftop security position when a hand grenade was thrown their way. Without hesitation, Carpenter reacted, rushing toward the grenade in an attempt to shield his brother-in-arms from the blast.
Carpenter and Eufrazio survived the attack but not without sustaining severe injuries. After two and a half years at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, Carpenter was medically retired from the Marine Corps on July 30, 2013.
“You notice Kyle doesn’t hide his scars. He’s proud of them and the service they represent,” Obama said.
Created during the American Civil War, the Medal of Honor was and is awarded for gallantry in combat. Over the years, the honor evolved. Now a much more strict and regulated selection process with a separate medal for the Army, Navy and Air Force exists.  In the medal’s history, there have only been 3,469 recipients.
Carpenter was born in Flowood, Miss., and resides in South Carolina. He is now a full-time student at the University of South Carolina.

Carpenter’s awards include the Purple Heart Medal, the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one bronze campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with one bronze star, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal International Security Assistance Force, and now the Medal of Honor.


  • LCDR HATFIELD 64 days ago
    Thank you for your sacrifice and honor you shown during a horrid experience. I salute you and you are what it means to be a HERO. GOD BLESS.
  • LCDR HATFIELD 64 days ago
    Thank you for your sacrifice and honor you shown during a horrid experience. I salute you and you are what it means to be a HERO. GOD BLESS.
  • GARY ECKHARDT 67 days ago
    What bravery!!! All Americans should salute you for your service. I greatly appreciate your service and that of your comrades.
  • William Estep 69 days ago
    Served from 1975-1981, I only hope I could have performed in such a manner. I will never know. I am just proud to be linked to a group of men that offer so much.
  • harold welch 69 days ago
    im a vietnam era marine vet. you are the best of the best young man a model for all young men. now it is time for the goverment to take care of you and all your needs. god bless you and i believe your future will be bright. us past marine are trying to see to that and we are keeping the goverment on the ball. SEMPER-FI.
  • Aaron 70 days ago
    Violet........you are wrong.
    The medal is frequently called the Congressional Medal of Honor, stemming from its award by the Department of Defense "in the name of Congress."
  • Tim 70 days ago
    It is awards in the name of Congress that is why some often mistake it as the CMOH, there is actually a society called the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, so no mater what you want to call it, he is a hero, how the blast did not mortally wound him is a miracle in itself, proud to say I spent 23 years as a Marine and work on Camp Lejeune. This young man is a hero, and Sgt Peralta issue needs to be reinvestigated over and over, if he pulled the grenade to save his Marines he deserves this award, they gave him the Navy Cross saying he did just that!
  • 1stSgt Charles Gormley, USMC (ret) 70 days ago
    @Violet Franklin:

    You are absolutely right. The correct name of the award is the "Medal of Honor" as delineated in 10 U.S.C. Section 6241. Below is the URL to the exact paragraph.

  • GySgt Zimmerman 70 days ago
    We are born from American families; we sacrifice for our Brothers and Sisters in which we serve side by side. I am proud of your bravery and salute you for your life.
  • Robert Hess 70 days ago
    I stand in awe at the bravery of our fighting men. They are the BEST in the world.
  • kane 70 days ago
    TO LT Cavanagh, munro got the navy version of the medal of honor, however since then, there has been a change and the coast guard now has the ability to get thier service branch's MOH
  • Will Dunst 71 days ago
    Good bless you for your service ans sacrifice.
  • will king 71 days ago
    Semper Fi
  • LT Cavanagh 71 days ago
    Missed one... Specific medal for the Coast Guard too. Google SN1 Douglas Munro. Bravo Zulu for Cpl Carpenter! Great American and Marine. I'd be honored to salute him!
  • leroy timmons 71 days ago
    god bless
  • leroy timmons 71 days ago
    a true marine god bless you
  • Kim L 71 days ago
    Thank you for your service and all you sacrificed for all Americans. You are a true hero! P.S. I hope and pray for all you did you get all your schooling for free!
  • Violet Franklin 71 days ago
    I just watched the video story of the doctors talking about Kyle Carpenter's recovery. It was extremely well done; so nice that I hate to point out the mistake at the very end. In the end,, the words on the screen state "Congressional Medal of Honor." There is no such thing as a "congressional" medal of honor. While it is presented by the President, in the name of Congress, the official name is just "The Medal of Honor."

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