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Kyle Carpenter

Artist
Mike McGregor, born 1978
Sitter
William Kyle Carpenter, born 1989
Date
2013 (printed 2015)
Type
Photograph
Medium
Inkjet print
Dimensions
Image: 56.4 × 43.7 cm (22 3/16 × 17 3/16")
Sheet: 60.9 × 50.7 cm (24 × 19 15/16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired through the generosity of Fred M. Levin and Nancy Livingston, the Shenson Foundation, in memory of Ben and A. Jess Shenson; 2015 Portrait of a Nation Prize Recipient
Rights
© Mike McGregor
Object number
NPG.2015.89.2
Exhibition Label
Although his memory of the incident was erased, after-action reports confirmed that on November 21, 2010, in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, the young lance corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter saved the life of a fellow Marine by using his own body to shield him from an exploding grenade. The grievously wounded Carpenter was not expected to survive, but after more than thirty surgeries and two-and-a-half years at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, he was released in July 2013. In recognition of his “undaunted courage, bold fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of almost certain death,” Carpenter received the nation’s highest military award for valor—the Medal of Honor—in 2014. Medically retired because of his injuries, Carpenter remains active on issues concerning wounded and returning veterans.
In the first of these two images, Carpenter holds his Purple Heart medal in his right hand. In the second, his Purple Heart tattoo is visible, as are some of the scars he now carries.
Aunque el incidente se ha borrado de su memoria, informes postcombate confirmaron que el 21 de noviembre de 2010, en la provincia Helmand de Afganistán, el joven cabo primero William “Kyle” Carpenter salvó la vida de un compañero del Cuerpo de Marines, usando su propio cuerpo para escudarlo de la explosión de una granada. Gravemente herido, no se esperaba que sobreviviera, pero después de más de treinta cirugías y dos años y medio en el Centro Médico Militar Nacional Walter Reed, fue dado de alta en julio de 2013. En reconocimiento de su “osada valentía, audaz espíritu de combate y devoción inquebrantable al deber frente a una muerte casi segura”, Carpenter recibió la máxima condecoración militar del país por un acto de valor, la Medalla de Honor, en 2014. Retirado del servicio militar a causa de sus lesiones, Carpenter continúa activo en asuntos relacionados con excombatientes heridos o que regresan a la comunidad.
En la primera de estas dos imágenes, Carpenter sostiene su medalla del Corazón Púrpura en la mano derecha. En la segunda, se ve su tatuaje del Corazón Púrpura, así como algunas de sus cicatrices.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Place
United States\South Carolina