Right now, future Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter is holding an AMA-style session over at the Marines Facebook page, inviting users to send in their questions over the next hour so he can answer them in real time. Carpenter will receive the military’s highest honor Thursday for shielding a friend from a live grenade in 2012.
Why is this incredibly cool?
First, Carpenter will be one of only two living Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipients from the post 9/11 era. This is a big piece of Marine Corps history.
Second, hearing from a living hero of this caliber at all is rare; historically, some 60 percent of MOH awards are posthumous, meaning the service members who received the honor were killed in the line of duty.
Third, Carpenter has distinguished himself in a very short time as the kind of guy who has something to say worth listening to. Since he was wounded by the grenade in 2010, he has run the Marine Corps Marathon, completed a tough mudder, and donated his time to wounded warriors and other worthy causes. As Carpenter says himself in a recently released Marine Corps video, he’s just getting started.
So tune in and ask a question. We’ll feature the best exchanges back here after the Q-and-A finishes up at 4.