With all the mass media crap, kids these days get confused about the true meaning of the word ‘Hero.’ Lance Corporal Carpenter is the eighth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. He was only 21 when he heroically shielded a fellow Marine and also his best friend from a grenade blast in combat operations near Marjah, Afghanistan on November 21, 2010. Both Marines survived, but suffered major injuries. Watch Carpenter get awarded by President Barack Obama. Please, SHARE.
Medal of Honor Official Citation reads:
“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on 21 November 2010. Lance Corporal Carpenter was a member of a platoon-sized coalition force, comprised of two reinforced Marine rifle squads partnered with an Afghan National Army squad. The platoon had established Patrol Base Dakota two days earlier in a small village in the Marjah District in order to disrupt enemy activity and provide security for the local Afghan population. Lance Corporal Carpenter and a fellow Marine were manning a rooftop security position on the perimeter of Patrol Base Dakota when the enemy initiated a daylight attack with hand grenades, one of which landed inside their sandbagged position. Without hesitation and with complete disregard for his own safety, Lance Corporal Carpenter moved toward the grenade in an attempt to shield his fellow Marine from the deadly blast. When the grenade detonated, his body absorbed the brunt of the blast, severely wounding him, but saving the life of his fellow Marine. By his undaunted courage, bold fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of almost certain death, Lance Corporal Carpenter reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service”.
Carpenter lost his right eye and most of his teeth. His jaw and right arm were shattered and he has undergone dozens of surgeries. After his medical retirement in July 2013, he enrolled at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, pursuing a degree in international studies. Carpenter is the youngest living recipient of the Medal of Honor.