On 19 June 2014, Cpl William Kyle Carpenter, USMC (Ret.) was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions on 21 November 2010 while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with F Co, 2d Bn, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st MarDiv (fwd), I MEF (fwd), in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Cpl. Carpenter is a shining example of what it means to be a United States Marine. Upholding Marine Corps customs, courtesies, and traditions that are the fabric of our illustrious history that is best defined by our core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13, KJV).
Job well done Marine. As every Marine knows, just as our title and rank are earned, so too are our awards and decorations.
Semper Fidelis CMOH Marine!
(Photo taken by Cpl. Michael C. Guinto)