14 Real Life Heroes Who Have Changed The World

14. Kyle Carpenter

William Kyle Carpenter is the youngest living soldier to ever receive the Medal Of Honour. He received the prestigious award for his outstanding bravery whilst on a tour of Afghanistan. Carpenter shielded his friend from a hand grenade that was thrown onto the rooftop they were based on in November 2010. Both men survived thanks to Kyle's actions.

Carpenter was 21 at the time and throwing his body onto a live grenade resulted in him losing most of his teeth, his right eye, he shattered his jaw and broke his arm in a number of places. He says that he cannot remember the blast and as there were no eyewitnesses, doctors confirmed that his injuries were the result of his decision to throw himself on top of the grenade and shield his friend.

"I'm still here and kicking, and I have all of my limbs, so you'll never hear me complain."

After this, you can never complain about having a cold again.


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