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The youngest living recipient of the Medal of Honor, Kyle Carpenter will captivate audiences with the lessons he’s learned about adversity and leadership along with sharing his new-found perspective on life.
While serving as a Marine rifleman in Afghanistan at age 20, on the morning of November 21st, 2010, Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter’s squad was attacked by Taliban forces. During the attack, a live grenade landed between Kyle and a fellow Marine. In a courageous act to save his fellow Marine, Kyle threw himself on the grenade.
Kyle’s injuries were severe – he was unconscious for five weeks and spent over two and a half years recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He had lost his right eye, most of his lower jaw and teeth, and his right arm was broken in 30 places. He went through roughly 40 surgeries during his recovery. During this grueling recovery process, Kyle’s spirit remained strong. He set several post-recovery goals for himself: run a marathon, earn a college degree, backpack through Europe, and go skydiving. After nearly three years of recovery, Kyle was released from the hospital at age 24 and has since been able to accomplish every post-recovery goal and many more. And on June 19, 2014, Kyle was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama for his self-sacrificing act of valor. Kyle is the youngest living recipient of the Medal of Honor, our country’s highest military honor.
In 2019, Kyle published his autobiography, You are Worth It: Building A Life Worth Fighting For. It not only tells the story of the events leading up to November 20, 2010 and the recovery period which followed, but it is also a story of rebirth and overcoming adversity, of how Kyle battled back from the gravest challenge to forge a life of joyful purpose. In the words of General Jim Mattis “Kyle Carpenter’s memoir of gallantry beyond the call of duty provides a vivid reminder that grit and valor remain American hallmarks.”
In addition to the Medal of Honor, Kyle’s military awards include a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, NATO Service Medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon and a Purple Heart, the award for which he is most proud.
Why Book Kyle Carpenter for Your Event
One of WSB’s exclusive speakers, Kyle’s experiences at a young age forged lessons that he passes on to captivated audiences. Through storytelling around his powerful journey in war and recovery, audiences will gain insights into leadership, adversity, and finding a joyful purpose in life.
Kyle Carpenter speaking at Princeton Medical Center in November 2019.
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A Conversation With Kyle Carpenter
Kyle Carpenter was severely wounded in the Helmand province of Afghanistan in 2010 when he threw himself upon a live grenade to shield his friend and fellow Marine during a rooftop attack. Both men were severely wounded but survived due to Kyle’s bravery. He spent nearly three years in the hospital and endured roughly 40 surgeries to reconstruct his head, face and arms. Kyle’s strength and perseverance during this process was unwavering as he went on to achieve incredible post-recovery goals to include running a marathon, earning a college degree, skydiving and backpacking through Europe. He was awarded our nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, in 2014 by President Barack Obama. Kyle draws on his experiences through this harrowing ordeal as an example of overcoming adversity, spreading positive motivation, and lessons of leadership.
Leadership, Perspective and Life
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