When a person enlists in the Armed Forces, they make a commitment to not just defend their country, but to sacrifice their own lives in the process if need be.
In the case of Marine Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter, he took his call of duty to the ultimate level when he jumped on a live grenade to save the lives of his fellow comrades. Usually when a solider makes the choice to put himself in the line of danger to protect others, its done at the cost of his own life.
Carpenter not only used his body as a shield to save the lives of his fellow Marines, but went on to share his incredible story of selfless courage.
Carpenter was 21 years old when he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010.
On Nov. 21, 2010, in the midst of a violent war zone, on a dusty rooftop in Marjah, the violent district in the Helmand, a grenade landed near one of Carpenter’s comrades.
Carpenter took no second thought before launching himself on top of the device and absorbing the explosion.
Amazingly, Carpenter was not killed, though he was left severely injured. Marines said Carpenter’s body was still smoking when they found him.
Shrapnel was embedded all over his body, the bones in his face and skull shattered.