Through Dec. 30, we are looking back at some of the stories that made headlines in 2014 – and seeing how things played out.
In November 2010, Kyle Carpenter, a 20-year-old Marine from Gilbert, threw himself on a grenade in Afghanistan, saving the life of a fellow Marine.
In 2014, at the age of 24 and after dozens of surgeries, Carpenter became the nation’s youngest living Medal of Honor recipient when President Barack Obama awarded him the nation’s highest decoration for valor in combat.
Since then, Carpenter’s life has been a whirlwind. This fall semester, he focused mainly on the 13 credit hours of classes he took at the University of South Carolina, while juggling numerous appearances and speaking engagements, including running in the Marine Corps Marathon in October, helping to publicize September’s Tunnel to Towers 5K Run and Walk, and attending the 2014 national Medal of Honor Convention in Knoxville. He also took time to skydive.
In 2015, Carpenter will continue to be among the most famous undergrads at USC, majoring in international studies and minoring in psychology, with doing well in his classes his first priority. During his open time, he will travel the country speaking to groups and attending events for causes that are meaningful to him and he believes deserve attention.