Regardless of how you view the validity of sending people to fight in wars overseas, it is hard not to appreciate the sacrifice the soldiers commit to. Thousands of American soldiers are injured or lost in the line of duty each year, and their lives and those of their families are changed forever by it.
For William Kyle Carpenter, putting his life on the line for the safety of others was never a tough decision. Thousands of miles from home and from everyone he knew, his selfless act of bravery saved the life of a fellow Marine while nearly destroying his own body.
William Kyle Carpenter, often going by Kyle, was one of the brave Marines who was deployed to Afghanistan in July of 2010.
At only 21 years old, Kyle had achieved the rank of Lance Corporal and was well liked among his peers. But on November 21st, Kyle's life would change forever after an encounter with some hostiles. During the battle, Kyle would protect the life of a fellow Marine by throwing himself on an enemy grenade.
The Marine he was saving was Lance Corporal Nick Eufrazio. Nick suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result of the explosion. He would later undergo numerous surgeries to rebuild part of his skull, and doctors feared that he would never be able to talk again. Years later, Nick is making excellent progress in his recovery.
As for Kyle, the damage to his body was much more devastating.
Presumed dead at one point, Kyle was very lucky to be alive. The explosion left Kyle with broken bones in his face, shrapnel embedded all over his body, a depressed skull fracture that would require brain surgery, a collapsed lung, the loss of part of his jaw, an extensively damaged right arm and countless broken bones.
"My body was torn apart by an enemy hand grenade. Upon arriving at Camp Bastion, I was labeled P.E.A. — patient expired on arrival. I flatlined at Walter Reed. The enemy killed me. I came back."
It took over 40 surgeries during the span of two and a half years, but Kyle was well on his way to recovery.
Awarded to those who’ve been wounded or killed in the line of duty, Kyle went on to receive the Purple Heart.
His sacrifice and bravery would not go unnoticed, as he was about to receive the highest military honor in the United States, the Medal of Honor. Given to him by President Obama, his country couldn't be more proud of him.
Kyle became the eighth living recipient of the Medal of Honor.
After retiring as corporal due to his wounds, Kyle enrolled at the University of South Carolina for International Studies.
Five years after the incident, Kyle is doing everything he can to make the most out of life. He loves participating in marathons in honor of fellow veterans, and he spends much of his time with family and friends. For Kyle, each day is one that he is lucky to have.
Kyle regularly speaks to the public about his experiences and how much it has changed him both inside and out. He is also very public with his advocacy for wounded servicemen and women.
Kyle has also become a bit of a motivational speaker, using his bravery and the adversity he overcame as an example to others. For someone who has gone through so much, Kyle’s positivity is incredibly admirable.
Via: Aunty Acid