The MEDAL OF HONOR Recipient USED TO LOOK LIKE THIS, But See Just HOW FAR HE’s COME …

Maybe you’ve heard of Kyle Carpenter, who dove in front of an incoming grenade in Afghanistan in 2010 to protect a fellow Marine.

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In 2014, he became the 8th and youngest living recipient of the Medal of Honor.

Throwing it back to my photo shoot with Reader’s Digest last year.

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From the Medal of Honor Citation:

“Without hesitation and with complete disregard for his own safety, Lance Corporal Carpenter moved toward the grenade in an attempt to shield his fellow Marine from the deadly blast. When the grenade detonated, his body absorbed the brunt of the blast, severely wounding him, but saving the life of his fellow Marine.”

You can tell from his Instagram account that he’s a special guy, and a pure American badass.

“This Marine hugged me, started crying and told me I was his hero. It’s hard for me to comprehend and accept that but just know that meant more than I could ever put into words or tell you. Semper Fidelis brother and thank you for your sacrifice and service.”

The Wounded Warrior doesn’t forget the importance of family.

 

My beautiful mother. From brushing my teeth when my arms were tied up in the hospital to lending me your shoulder after my ceremony four years later, you’re always there. Thank you and I love you.

 

Having come face to face with the ultimate sacrifice, he has a deep appreciation for those who have served before him.

 

Arlington….thankful

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“One of the prayer cards mom made before I deployed is still on my grandmothers refrigerator. Things still getting put into perspective for me.”

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