Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter, who was severely wounded during a 2010 grenade attack, is set to become the third Medal of Honor recipient from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
The medically retired Marine Corps veteran will be commended for shielding Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio from a live grenade in Afghanistan on Nov. 21, 2010, the Army Times reported.
“We knew the area we were moving into was one of the rougher areas. … The grenade hit … and our Marines do what they do best — they took care of us and they kept us alive,” he told the Army Times.
Cpl. Carpenter, 24, suffered the loss of his right eye, a blown-out eardrum, a “pretty much blown off” lower jaw and various other broken bones. Damage to the soldier’s frontal lobe also left him unable to speak until just recently. …
“I’m still here and kicking and I have all my limbs, so you’ll never hear me complain,” he said.
If you get a chance, read up on his full story. It’s amazing.
“I just wanted to give a little shout out to all the people that not necessarily doubted, but who didn’t think 15 months ago that I’d be running 10K marathons and doing more pull-ups than I at one point thought I could do. I guess this is a message and a constant reminder for me and everybody out there that thinks they have obstacles to accomplish and overcome.”
The guy was in many respects blown to bits, he couldn’t talk for an extended amount of time because of injuries sustained to his brain, and yet he finds the drive and determination to get back into the kind of shape it takes to run marathons and knock out pull-ups.
Imagine what the world would look like if everyone had William Kyle Carpenter’s attitude. I feel confident saying that it would be a much better place.
EA Sports just confirmed that they’re weenies. Really big weenies that were swayed by the Campaign Write-In Liberal Sensitivity Police:
In the past few months, we have received feedback from all over the world regarding the multiplayer portion of Medal of Honor. We’ve received notes from gamers, active military, and friends and family of servicemen and women currently deployed overseas. The majority of this feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. For this, the Medal of Honor team is deeply appreciative. However, we have also received feedback from friends and families of fallen soldiers who have expressed concern over the inclusion of the Taliban in the multiplayer portion of our game. This is a very important voice to the Medal of Honor team. This is a voice that has earned the right to be listened to. It is a voice that we care deeply about. Because of this, and because the heartbeat of Medal of Honor has always resided in the reverence for American and Allied soldiers, we have decided to rename the opposing team in Medal of Honor multiplayer from Taliban to Opposing Force. While this change should not directly affect gamers, as it does not fundamentally alter the gameplay, we are making this change for the men and women serving in the military and for the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice – this franchise will never willfully disrespect, intentionally or otherwise, your memory and service.
Dear EA: You have “not fundamentally altered gameplay”? We can debate that. Regardless, you caved in to criticism and will no longer call our enemies what they truly are—enemies.
Those who follow video games have experienced this before. Bionic Commando was one of the best NES games ever, but American audiences in the late 1980’s weren’t technically allowed to see Hitler’s head explode. While Japanese gamers were fighting Adolph’s Nazis, we were fighting…”Master D” of the fear-inducing organization known the world over as the “Badds” (The remake includes the head explosion, but I’m still not sure if it explicitly states whose head becomes bazooka mush). If you need proof that we’re living in the Twilight Zone, ask yourself why dictators and despots are shielded by liberal moral relativists, while the average citizen who questions them has a tendency to end up on their hit list.
I have fond memories of my own Army days in the late 90’s, training in MILES gear and taking on the OPFOR. And that’s my problem with EA’s decision—anyone can be an “opposing force.” It’s a sterile term. OPFOR can be US soldiers who are roleplaying as Taliban, mimicking their tactics to give fellow soldiers better training for the real thing. It can also be a real “Opposition Force”…or a bad Dolph Lungren movie that doesn’t have Sylvester Stallone in it.
But there is (for all intents and purposes) one Taliban. And Americans should know who they are and what they are capable of. In graduate school I once asked how many students had ever found and watched a beheading or two online, courtesy of our jihadist friends, and I was looked at like I had two heads. Apparently, I’m a strange person for occasionally reminding myself of the following: there are sizable populations and serious threats on the other side of the globe who would get eerily excited at gurgles and groans as my head was slowly chopped off.
If our moral compass is so out of whack that we can’t even call out those who are truly heinous, we’re in trouble. It’s okay to demonize the guy who goes to sleep at night and dreams he was the 20th hijacker who made the flight on September 11th. I just wish EA Sports felt the same way.
The most interesting aspect of the upcoming Medal of Honor game, in which your friendly neighborhood jiahdist (or jihadi sympathizer) can now enter into virtual battles with Americans before launching real attacks, isn’t that XBOX competitions are going to get very interesting in the coming months—it’s that there will undoubtedly be someone watching it all behind the scenes. If liberals thought the big bad Bush administration was interested in using the Patriot Act to determine how many times you checked out Green Eggs and Ham for your kids, one would think that they would be concerned that the Feds are going to be interested in online gamers who spend inordinate amounts of time as a virtual terrorist. If I’m sitting at home eating chips and salsa and the guy on the other end of the game is in serious “Allah Akbar” screaming mode, I hope Homeland security has a bead on him…
I’ve already covered how the Obama administration thinks the XBOX is a “distraction” (unless it’s promoting his campaign efforts), but I’d like to know what this story qualifies as. I very rarely play games online (I soured on the idea years ago after a slew of random pre-teens cursed me out in cracking falsetto voices during a game of Halo). However, I’d consider taking part again if the guys on the other side where the kind who threaten to kill the creators and fans of South Park. Perhaps my online Medal of Honor supremacy and smack-talking skills could then instigate the kind of response that would result in Youtube gold…
I feel incredibly bad for this Gold Star mom, but at the same time I think she’s expending time and resources on a company that should be low on the priority list:
“This game is going to be released in October, so families who are burying their children are going to be seeing this and playing this game,” (Karen Meredith).
One of the most honorable men I ever met, Sgt. Hector Leija, was shot by a sniper in Iraq a few years ago. The New York Timesposted video and graphic details of his death before his family was ever notified.Hollywood celebrities routinely use their bully pulpits to undermine U.S. foreign policy efforts. Guys like Harry Reid outright surrender when the going gets tough. To me, those are much more pernicious actions that Gold Star Mothers should be addressing. If Medal of Honor’s game play actually portrays the troops as the honorable men and women they are, as well as their mission, there really isn’t any need to complain about specific gameplay options. If millions of Americans are exposed to a platform that accurately defines our enemy as the dregs of the modern world (while allowing a small percentage of sick individuals to actually enjoy the option to become them), conservatives should move on.