Kyle Carpenter is now a full-time student in South Carolina. But on November 21, 2010, LCpl Carpenter performed a selfless act which every Marine has mentally role-played: he used his body to cover a grenade.
Carpenter, 24, will receive the nation’s highest award for valor for diving on top of an enemy grenade to save the life of his friend, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio, during an insurgent attack in the Marjah district of Helmand province on Nov. 21, 2010. Then-Lance Cpl. Carpenter was serving as an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team-1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), when insurgents threw a grenade on a rooftop where Carpenter and Eufrazio were standing guard.
Now Carpenter just wants people to know that no matter what, there’s always hope.