Veterans Day (November 11) is an opportunity to remember and pay tribute to our military heroes, including distinguished Medal of Honor recipients.
“Without service and sacrifice, we would not have the nation that we do today,” says Lance Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter, 28, who received the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military honor awarded for valor in combat, for taking the brunt of a grenade blast to save a fellow Marine while serving in Afghanistan in 2010.
More than 41 million men and women have served in all our nation’s conflicts since the medal was first presented in 1863. Nearly 3,500 soldiers in all branches of service have received the medal, which is given by the president in the name of Congress to a member of the armed forces who “distinguishes himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.”
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