At 25 years old, Kyle Carpenter, a former Marine infantryman, is just the second living Marine to receive the nation's highest award for valor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Carpenter in 2010, alone on a rooftop with one other Marine in Helmand province, Afghanistan, shielded the explosion from a Taliban grenade in an effort to save the other Marine, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio.
Carpenter "was severely wounded and immediately evacuated due to a depressed skull fracture requiring brain surgery, multiple facial fractures, a third of his lower jaw missing, a collapsed right lung, and multiple fragment injuries to both of his upper and lower extremities," according to the official Marine depiction of the battle.
But he came back, and after being in the hospital for two years has gone on to run a marathon and enroll at the University of South Carolina.
I've made no effort to hide my thoughts about this. I think Carpenter is poised to become a figurehead for an incredible new generation of American veterans. His story of heroism, coupled with his resiliency and devil-may-care attitude are hyper-American and hyper-Marine.
Shortly after the announcement, the Marines official YouTube channel posted a video of Carpenter sharing his story and perspective.
"I won't ever quit" he says. "I am just getting started."
An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C Eagle that made an emergency landing on Wednesday ditched its entire arsenal of live air-to-air missiles before touching down at Portland International Airport, The War Zone reports.
President Donald Trump announced in December that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has since made a strong push to keep a small residual force along the Turkish border along with troops from European allies.
The former Navy SEAL among a group of eight men arrested earlier this week in Port-au-Prince on weapons charges says he was providing security work "for people who are directly connected to the current President" of Haiti.
"We were being used as pawns in a public fight between him and the current Prime Minister of Haiti," said Chris Osman, 44, in a post on Instagram Friday. "We were not released we were in fact rescued."
It's a photo for the ages: a Marine NCO, a Greek god in his dress blues, catches the eye of a lovely young woman as her boyfriend urges her on in distress. It's the photographic ancestor of the much-loved "distracted boyfriend" stock photo meme, made even sweeter by the fact that this is clearly a sailor about to lose his girl to a Devil Dog.
Well, this photo and the Marine in it, which hopscotched around Marine Corps Facebook and Instagram pages before skyrocketing to the front page of Reddit on Thursday, are very real.
The photo shows then-Staff Sgt. Louis A. Capozzoli — and he is absolutely not on his way to steal your girl.