When you’re steely eyed warriors go into harm’s way they are trained and given everything they need to succeed. Sometimes Marines find themselves in harm’s way and other times, more often than not they find themselves in Hells way.
Those that go forward on the pointy end of the spear know the risks. They know the sacrifices that may wait them yet they go anyway. We may have a good idea what our Marines do for us but what do you tell those left behind when a warrior is lost? How can you put into words what some warriors have done? Many have done awesome things. Things many would say they rate an award. However, the awesome things they did are what we expect from Marines and often they don’t get the recognition they deserve.
"William Kyle Carpenter, a Marine Corps veteran who was severely wounded during a November 2010 grenade attack in Afghanistan, will receive the nation’s highest combat valor award later this year, Marine Corps Times has learned. Carpenter, a 24-year-old medically retired corporal, will become the service’s third Medal of Honor recipient from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which date back to October 2001. The Marine Corps is finalizing plans with the White House for a ceremony in Washington, officials said"