In November 2010, he was on a rooftop in Helmand Province with fellow marine Lance Corporal Nick Eufrazio when they were attacked by enemy soldiers. A live grenade landed on the roof right next to them. Carpenter went above and beyond the call of duty and jumped on it in order to save Eufrazio.
Both men were severely injured by the blast. Carpenter’s body suffered the most. He lost his right eye, blew out his right ear drum, he suffered a fractured nose and skull, a punctured lung and major injuries to his lower jaw and cheekbones.
Due to the severity of his injuries, he was pronounced dead upon his arrival to the hospital because doctors were sure he could not and would not survive the blast.
"My body was torn apart by an enemy hand grenade," he said. "Upon arriving at Camp Bastion, I was labeled P.E.A. — patient expired on arrival. I flat-lined at Walter Reed. The enemy killed me. I came back."
Well, after spending over two years in the hospital and having more than 40 surgeries, Corporal Carpenter not only survived the blast, but he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery, which is the highest military honor one can receive.
Eufrazio also survived the blast but suffered massive brain injury and damage to his frontal lobe due to the shrapnel. He was told that he may never speak again due to his injuries, but two years after the incident, he was able to speak again. Talk about a miracle.
After retiring as corporal, Carpenter enrolled at the University of South Carolina for International Studies and Psychology. He has also become an advocate for Wounded Warriors and spends his free time traveling the United States as a motivational speaker in hopes to inspire others and perhaps save even more lives.