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Kyle Carpenter          

Retired U.S. Marine; Youngest Living Medal of Honor Recipient

Kyle Carpenter is a 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 was the youngest living Medal of Honor recipient at the time he received it.

On November 21, 2010, Lance Corporal William Kyle Carpenter’s life changed forever on a rooftop in Marjah, Afghanistan. Kyle and his fellow Marine and friend Lance Corporal Nick Eufrazio had been seriously injured by a grenade blast during an attack on Patrol Base Dakota. Kyle was found lifeless, positioned between the explosion and his friend.

Kyle’s heart would stop once on the medical evacuation helicopter as his team frantically tried to triage his devastating wounds. When he arrived at Camp Bastion,Kyle was declared PEA – Patient Expired Upon Arrival. Surgeons removed shrapnel from his brain, repaired veins and arteries and sutured torn flesh to ensure he was stable enough to survive the trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the U.S.

Five weeks after his injury, Kyle opened his eyes to a snow covered hospital room decorated with Christmas stockings by his family. Kyle had survived the unimaginable, but his journey had just started. Kyle had years of recovery, dozens of surgeries and thousands of tiny milestones until he reached his ‘new one hundred percent’.

On June 19, 2014, nearly four years after his injury, Kyle was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barrack Obama, making him the youngest living recipient to date.

Since that rooftop in 2010, Kyle has made it his mission to never take a moment for granted and to life his life to the fullest. He has completed three marathons, skydived over Dubai, graduated from the University of South Carolina and backpacked through Europe. Today, Kyle travels the world as a motivational speaker for military and civilian audiences, sharing his story of courage, sacrifice and perseverance.


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