Yet his spirit was unbroken. But when he came home, his Mom was the hero. Sign up for the Early Bird Brief - a daily roundup of military and defense news stories from around the globe. I said a quick prayer and let the strangely peaceful tiredness, from the blood loss, consume me. 12:04. Letters: A Hero's Journey to the Medal of Honor - Duration: 7:57. But, my mom responded the only way a mother can – she hugged me, promised me that I was going to get through this and that things were going to get better. I was a typical kid growing up in the Southeast during the 1990s and early 2000s.
Make sure this account has posts available on instagram.com. ", "'Kyle covered that grenade' — Marines weigh in on grenade blast survivor's heroism", "Marine hit by grenade deserves MoH, buddies say", "Carpenter now full-time student at University of South Carolina", "Marine hit by grenade rates MoH, buddies say", President Obama Awards the Medal of Honor to Corporal William "Kyle" Carpenter, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kyle_Carpenter&oldid=986176656, American Marine Corps personnel of the War in Afghanistan (2001–present), War in Afghanistan (2001–present) recipients of the Medal of Honor, United States Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipients, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 30 October 2020, at 07:46.  He is a graduate of W.W. King Academy in Batesburg, SC. All overseas DoD school students will get free meals starting Nov. 2, $20 billion plan to outsource management of military household moves hits roadblock, Military families are seeing some progress in their fight for tenant rights, Troops’ weight allowances for household goods moves may increase by next summer, https://www.militarytimes.com © 2020 Sightline Media Group. The next thing I remember is waking up to the sight of Christmas stockings on a wall and snow covering a hospital room window at Walter Reed in Bethesda, Maryland.  Their son, Marine veteran Kyle Carpenter, was awarded the Medal of Honor for smothering a live grenade tossed by enemy forces to save a buddy during combat in 2010 in Afghanistan.
 He is a 2013 initiate of the Chi-Omega chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the University of South Carolina. Thankfully, my mother had come into the kitchen just to say hello, but she immediately saw that something was very wrong and clicked into “mom mode,” hugging me and asking if I was in pain. I was either going to get up and live the rest of my life.
It wasn’t until the last week of February 2011 when I left the immediate, lifesaving and stabilizing inpatient stay of my time in the hospital. I’m terrified of heights. Kyle Carpenter is a real person, but the circumstances described by Duffel Blog are fictional. In thinking of Mother's Day we are reminded of the unique challenges that face military Moms. There may be an issue with the Instagram Access Token that you are using. William Kyle Carpenter (born 17 October 1989) is a medically retired United States Marine who received the United States' highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2010.Carpenter is the youngest living Medal of Honor recipient. William Kyle Carpenter knows the pain will come. I finally went in there and I stayed on the edge of his bed a couple of days and I finally made my way up to the bed; I mean it was that difficult for me. But, I have known the answer to that question since the moment I woke up in the hospital. I’ve done those things, and more. By giving us your email, you are opting in to the Early Bird Brief.
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