Corporal William Kyle Carpenter, a phenomenal Marine and one of only a few living Medal of Honor recipients who received the award for using his body as a human shield to protect his fellow soldiers from the blast of a grenade. Among his injuries was the loss of his right eye, many of his teeth and multiple facial lacerations. There were 30 breaks in his right arm alone. Listen to this bit from David Letterman’s visit with him to learn more about his injuries.
Over 5 years later, Carpenter has made a miraculous recovery. Through numerous surgeries Carpenter no longer looks remotely like the above photo that so many people have seen. These photos from Carpenter’s Instagram account (humorously named chicksdigscars) show the progress he’s made during his recovery.
That he was willing to sacrifice himself for his Marine brothers is a testament to his commitment to them and his country, but to endure five years of ongoing surgeries tells us he is truly an amazing man with a will to live.
We salute you Kyle, and as always, thank you for your service.
(h/t to my husband-person and Controversial Times)