Kyle Carpenter, an American Heroby Representative Joe Wilson
Posted on 2013-02-14
WILSON of South Carolina asked and was given permission to
address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. WILSON of South Carolina. Madam Speaker, in February of 2009,
Corporal Kyle Carpenter, a constituent and resident of Lexington, South
Carolina, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and went on to
complete recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris
Island, South Carolina. A little over a year later, Corporal Carpenter
was deployed to Marjah, Afghanistan, with his unit to carry out his
service and protect our families in Operation Enduring Freedom.
On November 21, 2010, Corporal Carpenter suffered devastating injuries when an enemy hand grenade exploded while he was on post. Because of his heroic actions, Corporal Carpenter potentially saved the lives of countless others and has been decorated with a Purple Heart and awarded the Combat Action Ribbon.
I have had the privilege of visiting with Kyle, his mother, Robin, and his father, Jim. Throughout his recovery with the dedicated staff at Walter Reed in Bethesda, Kyle has served as a testament to hard work and valor. Today, Kyle is an intern serving with Chairman Jeff Miller of the Veterans' Affairs Committee.
I have no doubt that because of Corporal Carpenter's service, American families are more secure. I want to thank Kyle and the Carpenter family for your dedication to our Nation.
In conclusion, God bless our troops, and we will never forget September the 11th in the global war on terrorism.