Brave Hero Jumped On a Grenade To Save His Fellow Marines, Are You Proud Of This Young Man?

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You have probably heard his name before. He is a true American hero. His name is William Kyle Carpenter. He fought for this country as a United States Marine. At the age of 21, he earned the rank of Lance Corporal. In 2010, he was sent to fight in Afghanistan. During a firefight, Kyle saw a grenade land near where he and another Marine were fighting.

Brave Hero Jumped On a Grenade To Save His Fellow Marines, Are You Proud Of This Young Man?

Without a second, though, Kyle used his body as a shield and covered the grenade. He was willing to give his life to save the life of a fellow Marine.

Brave Hero Jumped On a Grenade To Save His Fellow Marines, Are You Proud Of This Young Man?

The human body was not designed to withstand that kind of explosive force and Kyle’s body had been severely damaged.

Brave Hero Jumped On a Grenade To Save His Fellow Marines, Are You Proud Of This Young Man?

Not only did he have shrapnel all over his body the bones in his skull and face were shattered. But, Kyle survived.

Brave Hero Jumped On a Grenade To Save His Fellow Marines, Are You Proud Of This Young Man?

Part of his jaw as lost, his lung collapsed, and he was even pronounced P.E.A. when he finally got to Camp Bastion.

Brave Hero Jumped On a Grenade To Save His Fellow Marines, Are You Proud Of This Young Man?

P.E.A. means patient expired on arrival. So, technically the enemy grenade did kill him – but he wasn’t done here on earth yet, and he came back.

Brave Hero Jumped On a Grenade To Save His Fellow Marines, Are You Proud Of This Young Man?

Over the next two years, Kyle had forty different surgeries.

Brave Hero Jumped On a Grenade To Save His Fellow Marines, Are You Proud Of This Young Man?

He was awarded the Purple Heart for his act of incredible bravery.

Brave Hero Jumped On a Grenade To Save His Fellow Marines, Are You Proud Of This Young Man?

He also got the Medal of Honor which was given to him by President Barack Obama.

Brave Hero Jumped On a Grenade To Save His Fellow Marines, Are You Proud Of This Young Man?

Today, Kyle is retired from the military and is working on getting his degree in International Studies from the University of South Carolina.

Brave Hero Jumped On a Grenade To Save His Fellow Marines, Are You Proud Of This Young Man?

In his spare time, he gives motivational speeches and charity work.

Brave Hero Jumped On a Grenade To Save His Fellow Marines, Are You Proud Of This Young Man?
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