VIDEO: When David Letterman Read a List of This Marine’s Injuries, His Response Left the Whole Room Silent

VIDEO: When David Letterman Read a List of This Marine’s Injuries, His Response Left the Whole Room Silent

Kyle Carpenter is the youngest living Medal of Honor recipient, given the medal because he threw himself in front of a grenade to save another Marine. And the list of injuries he sustained from that heroic action, read aloud by David Letterman in a recent interview, left the entire room speechless.

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In this interview, Letterman describes all of the injuries Kyle endured. Some of them include infinite shattered bones, shrapnel in both legs, two ruptured eardrums, a collapsed right lung, an obliterated jaw, lost vision in the right eye- just to name a few of the most haunting ones.

“I’m an overachiever,” joked Cpl. Carpenter during Letterman’s listing of the injuries.

His ability to find humor in such a devastating challenge is truly inspiring.

It is hard to comprehend how someone could be so brave and heroic as to willingly put themselves through hell, and yet still be able to smile, laugh, and joke about it. It’s said that our troops are the best and brightest among us, and Kyle Carpenter is a living reminder of why.

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