The following Perspective is an expression of opinion by the Editorial Board at WIS, and presented by General Manager Donita Todd.
Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, a retired South Carolina Marine risked his life to protect a fellow marine from a grenade explosion in Afghanistan. His selfless and heroic actions have earned him our nation's highest combat related military recognition, the Medal of Honor. He received the medal this week in Washington, D.C. after a hero's sendoff from well-wishers in Columbia.
Carpenter was badly wounded in 2010 when he jumped in front of a live grenade to shield his friend and fellow marine from the blast. He lost his right eye and most of his teeth in the attack. His jaw was also shattered and his arm was broken in dozens of places, but he and his comrade survived the attack.
The Medal of Honor is just the latest award for Carpenter, who has already received the Purple Heart, the Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. And yet he remains a humble self-effacing Marine overwhelmed by the attention and responsibility such an honor brings.
We salute you, Cpl. Carpenter! Thanks for defending our freedoms and your fellow marines so fiercely and loyally. You remind us that there is a high cost for the freedoms we enjoy, and that the men and women who serve in our military forces deserve our highest appreciation and support. That's my perspective, what's yours?
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