Since seeing Kyle Carpenter on Letterman, I have just had a burden on my heart for this kid. What a courageous young man. So the story is this.
In July 2010, Lance Corporal Carpenter deployed to Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On November 21, 2010, while joining his team to fight off a Taliban attack in a small village, he suffered severe injuries to his face and right arm from the blast of an enemy hand grenade, including multipleshrapnel wounds and the loss of his right eye. After-action reports state that he threw himself in front of the grenade to protect a fellow Marine, Lance Cpl. Nick Eufrazio.
Carpenter’s former battalion commander, Lt. Col. James Fullwood, told Marine Corps Times in a story published in January 2012 that the Corps was still investigating what happened the day Carpenter and Eufrazio were injured.
“The actions that happened on that roof are definitely a matter of interest”, Fullwood said. “We’ve never, from that day until now, stopped trying to uncover what took place, whether it be for reasons of identifying someone who deserves to be recognized with an award or to understand more about the events that unfolded.” In March 2011, the South Carolina legislature passed a resolution recognizing Carpenter’s service, noting that he “suffered catastrophic wounds in the cause of freedom” and “has shown himself worthy of the name Marine.”
I too, Kyle, appreciate your sacrifice. I may not always agree about some of the things my country does, but I do love the hell out of you guys and gals in the armed forces. Thank you for your service.