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Posted: 3/9/2011 3:00:15 PM EST
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - South Carolina legislators have honored a Marine who fell on a grenade to protect a buddy in Afghanistan.

Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter of Gilbert survived the blast with severe injuries. He stood confident and proud in the Senate chamber Wednesday as senators honored him with a resolution, telling Carpenter him he is the epitome of an American hero. "For a split second I was listening to everything and standing there, it was like I was listening at that stuff for someone else," said Carpenter.

'Humble' is one way to describe Carpenter, and you could add 'brave,' too. The Marine injured himself after saving his best friend from an attack in Afghanistan by jumping onto a live grenade that exploded.

His friend survived, but Kyle lost sight in his right eye and some feeling in his arm. "Every time I go to the bathroom, I stand there and I am beyond thankful that I can stand up," said Carpenter. "I have a lot of nerve damage with my hands and arms, but I have two fingers that work."

State Sen. Jake Knotts of Lexington presented the resolution, and said Carpenter plans to go to college to become a teacher and coach.

Carpenter has also been honored with a Purple Heart. He's also grateful for the support he's received since his return home to Gilbert. "People cook us food, bring us meals and that means the world to us," he said. "It helps mom. It means a lot that people are thinking about me."

http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=14219568
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 3:01:44 PM EST

Originally Posted By panzersergeant:
Carpenter has also been honored with a Purple Heart.
I should hope so too!

Good job Marine!



Link Posted: 3/9/2011 3:31:16 PM EST
Originally Posted By panzersergeant:

His friend survived, but Kyle lost sight in his right eye and some feeling in his arm. "Every time I go to the bathroom, I stand there and I am beyond thankful that I can stand up," said Carpenter. "I have a lot of nerve damage with my hands and arms, but I have two fingers that work."

http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=14219568


That's a Marine, God bless him!
Link Posted: 3/10/2011 11:15:24 AM EST
Semper Fidelis, Leatherneck!

I thought jumping on a grenade rated a CMOH. If it doesn't,

it should.

post 223

zulu
Link Posted: 3/10/2011 11:16:19 AM EST
Now this is legislation I can support!
Link Posted: 3/10/2011 11:16:57 AM EST
Originally Posted By echozulu:
Semper Fidelis, Leatherneck!

I thought jumping on a grenade rated a CMOH. If it doesn't,

it should.

post 223

zulu


I read in the local paper he has been recommended for a CMOH.

Link Posted: 3/10/2011 11:24:54 AM EST
Link Posted: 3/10/2011 11:30:26 AM EST
That is a true Hero. He should be given the CMOH.
Link Posted: 3/10/2011 11:35:16 AM EST

Originally Posted By Soconmtneer:
That is a true Hero. He should be given the CMOH.

At least a Star of some sort. Holy crap.
Link Posted: 3/10/2011 11:36:01 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/10/2011 11:36:25 AM EST by Macumazahn]
Very nice! Glad the soldier is being honored, also glad he is alive after the blast.
Link Posted: 3/10/2011 11:38:40 AM EST
Sounds like the body armor worked.

Good luck to him and mom.
Link Posted: 3/10/2011 11:42:29 AM EST
Originally Posted By Seven-Shooter:

Originally Posted By Soconmtneer:
That is a true Hero. He should be given the CMOH.

At least a Star of some sort. Holy crap.


No shit. A purple heart?
Link Posted: 3/16/2011 8:13:22 AM EST
What an honorable man. He makes us all proud!
Link Posted: 3/16/2011 10:41:16 AM EST
Originally Posted By Macumazahn:
Very nice! Glad the soldier is being honored, also glad he is alive after the blast.


MARINE not a Soldier.
Link Posted: 3/16/2011 10:47:52 AM EST
Originally Posted By ceverett:
Originally Posted By Seven-Shooter:

Originally Posted By Soconmtneer:
That is a true Hero. He should be given the CMOH.

At least a Star of some sort. Holy crap.


No shit. A purple heart?


Awards take time especially the higher ones.
Link Posted: 3/16/2011 10:55:32 AM EST
Yut Yut.
Link Posted: 3/16/2011 11:14:44 AM EST
Originally Posted By rock71:
Yut Yut.


Reckon I'm out of the loop. Is that supposed to mean something?
Link Posted: 3/16/2011 11:16:14 AM EST
Originally Posted By ferretray:
Originally Posted By rock71:
Yut Yut.


Reckon I'm out of the loop. Is that supposed to mean something?


Motivator Jargon along the lines of OOORAAH
Link Posted: 3/16/2011 11:19:19 AM EST
Originally Posted By ferretray:
Originally Posted By rock71:
Yut Yut.


Reckon I'm out of the loop. Is that supposed to mean something?


It's actually yut yut, oorah, semper fi devil dog. Pretty funny video making fun of Marine aviators at Pcola.
Link Posted: 3/16/2011 11:20:47 AM EST
What a hero. Good job Marine.


Link Posted: 3/16/2011 11:23:23 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/16/2011 11:23:43 AM EST by geekz0r]
Originally Posted By Slufstuff:
Originally Posted By echozulu:
Semper Fidelis, Leatherneck!

I thought jumping on a grenade rated a CMOH. If it doesn't,

it should.

post 223

zulu


I read in the local paper he has been recommended for a CMOH.



This.

Oh - it was also stated at the end of the video.


Link Posted: 3/16/2011 11:23:46 AM EST

This just reinforces my belief that the ONLY way we can loose a conflict is to lack the political leadership and political will to win.

There is no force on earth that can defeat the American fighting man and his war machine, well, other than our own leaders.



Link Posted: 3/16/2011 11:26:11 AM EST
Originally Posted By Cromlech:

Originally Posted By panzersergeant:
Carpenter has also been honored with a Purple Heart.
I should hope so too!

Good job Marine!





Don't say it like that, we had a Marine in my unit get shot in the neck and he never received a PH...
Link Posted: 3/16/2011 11:32:08 AM EST
that must be some serious body armor. glad the young man is doing well.
Link Posted: 3/16/2011 11:35:29 AM EST
I just realized...

If he receives the Medal of Honor, he'll be the first living recipient since 1985.
Link Posted: 3/16/2011 11:37:54 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/16/2011 11:39:57 AM EST by Solarus]
Originally Posted By geekz0r:
I just realized...

If he receives the Medal of Honor, he'll be the first living recipient since 1985.


Second. Sergeant Giunta just received it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvatore_Giunta
Link Posted: 3/16/2011 11:39:13 AM EST
Originally Posted By Solarus:
Originally Posted By geekz0r:
I just realized...

If he receives the Medal of Honor, he'll be the first living recipient since 1985.


Second. Sergeant Giunta just received it.


Correct. Link
Link Posted: 3/16/2011 11:45:41 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/16/2011 11:46:10 AM EST by geekz0r]
Originally Posted By TheMechanic48:
Originally Posted By Solarus:
Originally Posted By geekz0r:
I just realized...

If he receives the Medal of Honor, he'll be the first living recipient since 1985.


Second. Sergeant Giunta just received it.


Correct. Link

Ah my mistake. I listed his date of birth instead of the date he received it. Second. Sergeant Giunta was the man I was referring to.


Link Posted: 3/16/2011 11:54:32 AM EST
I give thanks every day that there are still young men and women in this country who still believe in something greater than themselves.

I have always taken the phrase"The Greatest Generation" with a grain of salt. This Marine is no less great than those who fought in WW2. If you are willing to put it on the line for your country you ARE "The Greatest Generation".

God bless Marine; I'll buy you a beer, hell I'll buy you a whole keg, any day.
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