William Kyle Carpenter from South
Carolina, is a widely acclaimed American
hero. At the age of just twenty one, Kyle earned the rank of Lance
Corporal in the United States Marines. In 2010, he was sent into war in
During a firefight, Kyle intentionally threw his body over a grenade in order to save his friend, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio, when the grenade landed near where Kyle and his friend were fighting. The brave marine offered up his life without a second thought in sacrifice so that his Marine brother might be spared.
As a result of his actions, Kyle
suffered devastating injuries from the explosion. His body was left with a lot
of shrapnel, one of his lungs collapsed, his arm was broken in a couple of
places, he lost his right eye, part of his jaw along with most of his teeth and
the bones in his skull and face were shattered. By the time they got him back
to camp, he was declared PEA, meaning patient expired on arrival.
However, in a miraculous turn of events, Kyle survived all that, even though he was technically dead.
Kyle’s friend, Eufrazio, survived the attack but the frontal lobe of his brain was seriously injured by shrapnel and it took him more than two years to be able to talk again.
After the blast, Kyle had to undergo
about forty different surgeries and had a glass eye fitted in. Speaking to the
Times, Kyle said he had been in Afghanistan for 5 months before the explosion. “We
knew the area we were moving into was one of the rougher areas.” He said.
“I’m still here and kicking, and I
have all my limbs, so you’ll never hear me complain.” He added explaining that
he refused to be bitter about the injuries he sustained.
Kyle was awarded the Purple Heart for his bravery, as well as becoming a recipient of the prestigious Medal of Honor, bestowed upon him by President Barack Obama.
Today, Kyle is retired from military
service and is focused on getting a degree from the University of South