Marine Who Covered a Grenade to Save His Friend Will Get the Medal of Honor
24-year-old Lance Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter is set to receive America's highest military honor.
Marine veteran Kyle Carpenter will receive the Medal of Honor. He threw himself onto a grenade to protect his best friend:
In 2010, Lance Cpl. Carpenter deliberately threw himself onto a grenade to save his friend Nicholas Eufrazio. Both men were then age 21.
Carpenter lost his right eye and had his lower jaw and cheekbones destroyed:
His right arm was broken in 30 places and he suffered extensive shrapnel injuries to his face and body.
But Kyle has defied the odds with his recovery:
He ran the 6.2 mile USMC Ultimate Challenge Mud Run in 2013.
One of his goals was to do pull-ups again after his right arm was broken in over 30 places:
This is Nick Eufrazio, the friend Kyle risked his own life for:
Eufrazio was also severely wounded and is still recovering in a veterans' hospital in Plymouth, MA. He was in Afghanistan just 4 months and survived 55 firefights before his grenade injuries in 2010.
Carpenter's scars are proof that he deliberately covered the grenade with his body:
The medal of honor is awarded only to those soldiers whose extraordinary heroism can be proven beyond reasonable doubt. Carpenter's wounds indicate that he took the full force of the blast on his torso and face.
As Kyle himself would point out, he's just one of thousands of wounded veterans who bravely overcome devastating injuries.
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