In 2011 Lance Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter was a Trojan Labor American Hero Award winner.
Kyle was on a rooftop in Afghanistan when a live grenade landed close to him and Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio. Kyle quickly threw himself on top of it to save his fellow Marine.
His injuries were extensive. Kyle has spent years recovering and has undergone roughly 40 surgeries, but he has not let his injuries slow him down. Kyle ran a marathon, completed a mud run, and went skydiving.
Today, he received the military’s highest award, the Medal of Honor. He is the eighth surviving veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq to receive the medal.
He is now medically retired from the Marine Corps and attends the University of South Carolina.
We are incredibly grateful for brave service men and women like Kyle Carpenter. He is a true example of heroism and selflessness.