Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2012]
Origins: This item isn't so much an "Is this true?" entry, but rather an answer to a "Who is this?" query. The photograph displayed above has often been circulated on the Internet in conjunction with a preface that has been added to a piece about a putative
In the months since the attack, as Carpenter has undergone numerous surgeries to address his injuries, he has become an ambassador, of sorts, for the Marine Corps and its wounded warriors, inspiring family, friends and fellow Marines with his undying optimism in the face of a difficult recovery. He has dined with Vice President Joe Biden, attended events hosted by the
Eufrazio, by contrast, weighs 100 pounds and is unable to speak. He resides in a Florida veterans hospital that specializes in caring for patients who've sustained traumatic brain injuries. These men's stories, writes Marine Corps Times senior writer Dan Lamothe, is "a classic example of the cruelty of war."
Carpenter came to our attention last year, when we received word that the state legislature in his native South Carolina honored him with a
The story prompted a strong response from our readers — and for several of Carpenter's fellow Marines present that day to step forward to tell their side of the story. They're adamant in their response: based on what they saw, Carpenter deserves the Medal of Honor, they say.
This week’s cover story reflects that. It outlines what they remember and what the Corps has asked them to do as the investigation moves forward. Combined, the two cover stories share Carpenter and Eufrazio's ordeal in a way that no other publication has, more than a year later.
As we’ve mentioned before, the case is complicated by chance. All of the Marines interviewed for this story were close when the grenade exploded, but could only hear it and respond. Carpenter said he doesn’t remember what happened, and Eufrazio has been unable to speak about the incident due brain damage he suffered as a complication.
The preface quoted above includes the commonly repeated erroneous claim that members of Congress "receive
Last updated: 10 April 2012
Johnson, Robert. "By All Accounts This Marine Should Be Next in Line for the Medal of Honor." Business Insider. 27 January 2012. Lamothe, Dan. "Marine Hit by Grenade Rates MoH, Buddies Say." Marine Corps Times. 29 January 2012. Associated Press. "South Carolina's Week of Legislative Action." 11 March 2011.