William K. Carpenter


During his time of deployment in 2010 to combat duty in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, he was a lance corporal serving as a Squad Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team-1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), and Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). On November 21, 2010, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter was posted atop a building in violent Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when an enemy grenade skittered toward Kyle and a fellow Marine.
Without hesitation, Kyle jumped on the grenade and somehow lived, while severely injured, to tell about it. He was medically retired in July 2013 as a corporal due to wounds received in combat. On June 19, 2014, Kyle was awarded the nation’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his “singular act of courage” on that rooftop in Afghanistan, an action that had been reviewed exhaustively by the military. Kyle became the youngest living recipient of the award - and only the second living Marine so honored since Vietnam. Kyle has written a memoir entitled “You Are Worth It” about the war in Afghanistan.

Listen to Veterans Radio's interview with William K. Carpenter