"I am extremely pleased that the President will award the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry to Corporal William "Kyle" Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired).

In mid-June, Cpl. Carpenter will receive the nation's highest military honor for his courageous actions while serving as an automatic rifleman in Helmand province, Afghanistan on Nov. 21, 2010.

Cpl. Carpenter is an inspiring young man and Marine, whose selfless service and heroic actions stand as a testament to the "uncommon valor" exhibited by Marines throughout our Corps' illustrious history. His compelling story will inspire and motivate current and future generations of Marines. He joins Corporal Jason Dunham and Sergeant Dakota Meyer as this generation's legendary heroes of our Corps.

On behalf of all Marines, both past and present, I offer heartfelt congratulations and gratitude to Corporal Carpenter and his family and look forward to seeing him receive the recognition he richly deserves."

-- General James F. Amos, 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps



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