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(USMC Life)   A Marine who lost an eye after jumping on a grenade will receive the Medal of Honor. Fark: Badass bling in his fake eye   (usmclife.com) divider line 84
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2014-03-06 08:31:28 AM  
A purple heart.  *NICE*.

And it's always good to see a living person get recognized with a Medal of Honor.
 
2014-03-06 09:07:04 AM  

dittybopper: And it's always good to see a living person get recognized with a Medal of Honor.


We are much better at saving the critically injured nowadays.  Combat trauma surgeries (and as a result civilian trauma hospitals) will benefit from our experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan forever.  No that's not justification for the losses these wars have inflicted, but that's how war works.

"I've still got all my limbs, so you'll never hear me complain."  Wow.
 
2014-03-06 09:18:44 AM  
Uh . . . he's still rather attractive.  Go get him girls.
 
2014-03-06 09:27:09 AM  
Is it me or is it getting dusty in my one good eye here?
 
2014-03-06 09:27:48 AM  
I was expecting this but a purple heart is *much* cooler

siliconangle.com
 
2014-03-06 09:28:16 AM  
if he rocked a hipster beard he could hide all that scaring, so yeah get some skinny jeans and some weird sweaters, breh.
 
2014-03-06 09:30:53 AM  
He looks like a Brosnan-era Bond villain, but there's nothing wrong with that. The guy's more a man than I am.
 
2014-03-06 09:32:22 AM  
Pretty badass Marine core soldier but not nearly as cool as FlyNAVY

/ Semper Fib
 
2014-03-06 09:34:40 AM  
Current member of my fraternity chapter at South Carolina. Met him a couple times at alumni functions.
 
2014-03-06 09:35:19 AM  

ChipNASA: Pretty badass Marine core soldier but not nearly as cool as FlyNAVY

/ Semper Fib


Is he still rescuing girls in distress?
 
2014-03-06 09:35:38 AM  
That'll do, Corporal.

Thanks for your service, bro.
 
2014-03-06 09:35:47 AM  

cgraves67: He looks like a Brosnan-era Bond villain.


I'm glad that I'm not the only one who thought that.
 
2014-03-06 09:36:06 AM  

cgraves67: He looks like a Brosnan-era Bond villain, but there's nothing wrong with that. The guy's more a man than I am.


Yep.
 
2014-03-06 09:36:13 AM  

Headso: if he rocked a hipster beard he could hide all that scaring, so yeah get some skinny jeans and some weird sweaters, breh.


If hair can still grow there, that is.
 
2014-03-06 09:36:17 AM  
In the Army they taught us to toss the grenade back...

J/K this kid has Balls of Adamantium.
 
2014-03-06 09:36:41 AM  

Headso: if he rocked a hipster beard he could hide all that scaring, so yeah get some skinny jeans and some weird sweaters, breh.


Except the beard will grow in crazy cuz of the scars.....I think he just needs this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mIBKifOOQQ
 
2014-03-06 09:36:43 AM  

Headso: if he rocked a hipster beard he could hide all that scaring, so yeah get some skinny jeans and some weird sweaters, breh.



Speaking from a female perspective, he has no reason to hide those scars.
 
2014-03-06 09:37:09 AM  
image1.findagrave.com

I dig your style, man.
 
2014-03-06 09:40:16 AM  
He's gonna need a new eye now.

Ladies, you'll want to wear a chin strap to protect your chin from his huge brass balls.
 
2014-03-06 09:40:55 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-03-06 09:40:59 AM  
This guy has him beat. But not by much. I don't know if I would have had the balls to jump on a grenade.
 
2014-03-06 09:41:28 AM  
All the ladies and Marine Corps events you can handle, man. Good show.
 
2014-03-06 09:43:29 AM  
Is that a full prosthetic eye, or an elaborate contact lens?  Would one have multiple prosthetic eyes for different occasions, as athletes have different prosthetic limbs?

/really curious, not being a dick.
 
2014-03-06 09:44:25 AM  

devildog123: This guy has him beat. But not by much. I don't know if I would have had the balls to jump on a grenade.


Of course, Jack Lucas was apparently made entirely of adamantium, not just his balls, since he also managed to survive jumping out of a plane and his parachute didn't open.
 
2014-03-06 09:46:44 AM  

fireclown: Is that a full prosthetic eye, or an elaborate contact lens?  Would one have multiple prosthetic eyes for different occasions, as athletes have different prosthetic limbs?

/really curious, not being a dick.


I'd get one with this on it.
image12.spreadshirt.com

/USA, USA.
 
2014-03-06 09:47:16 AM  

fireclown: Is that a full prosthetic eye, or an elaborate contact lens?  Would one have multiple prosthetic eyes for different occasions, as athletes have different prosthetic limbs?

/really curious, not being a dick.


Yeah, quite a few people have several fake eyes.  I know a Marine who lost an eye in Iraq, who has his "regular eye" that matches his real one, but he also has his "fun eyes" that he wears when he feels like it.  One looks like a cat eye, with a vertical slit, and another has a little Eagle, Globe, and Anchor for when he does military stuff.  I'll have to ask him about the Purple Heart one, that looks like it would be cool.
 
2014-03-06 09:47:17 AM  
I'm curious what that is in his eye though, no snark, just wondering what it is...
 
2014-03-06 09:48:28 AM  
Semper Fi.
This man deserves every bit of attention that he gets.
 
2014-03-06 09:48:30 AM  
Here's your "Medal of honor"
/Kidding, props to the guy.
No honor high enough for him.
 
2014-03-06 09:48:42 AM  

KellyX: I'm curious what that is in his eye though, no snark, just wondering what it is...


dittybopperanswered that in the Boobies.
 
2014-03-06 09:49:16 AM  

Helena Handbasket: Headso: if he rocked a hipster beard he could hide all that scaring, so yeah get some skinny jeans and some weird sweaters, breh.


Speaking from a female perspective, he has no reason to hide those scars.


Came here to say this. Those marks don't take a thing away from him.
 
2014-03-06 09:49:43 AM  

Helena Handbasket: Headso: if he rocked a hipster beard he could hide all that scaring, so yeah get some skinny jeans and some weird sweaters, breh.


Speaking from a female perspective, he has no reason to hide those scars.


You know you have a point, if he was MY man I would love those scars and tell him to think of each one as a badge of honor.
 
2014-03-06 09:49:44 AM  
i.imgur.com

Forgot the pic.
 
2014-03-06 09:50:03 AM  

KellyX: I'm curious what that is in his eye though, no snark, just wondering what it is...


The purple heart medallion.
 
2014-03-06 09:51:22 AM  

ChipNASA: fireclown: Is that a full prosthetic eye, or an elaborate contact lens?  Would one have multiple prosthetic eyes for different occasions, as athletes have different prosthetic limbs?

/really curious, not being a dick.

I'd get one with this on it.


/USA, USA.


Depends on why you got it. Most people can remove their prosthetics. There are some that can be attached to the eye muscles for realistic movement but I am not sure about the circumstances for those.
 
2014-03-06 09:52:24 AM  
OK serious question, what sort of lame grenade do you survive with (relativity) minor injures from, I could be wrong but even fragmentation grenades contain more than 100g of explosive, was it some sort of dud?
 
2014-03-06 09:53:41 AM  
I can't imagine the guts to do something like that. No time to think, just do.

Coulda doubled up on that hero tag subby.
 
2014-03-06 09:53:59 AM  

devildog123: KellyX: I'm curious what that is in his eye though, no snark, just wondering what it is...

dittybopper answered that in the Boobies.


That's what she said...
 
2014-03-06 09:54:25 AM  
And now he has got a bad ass James Bond villain look going on. Looks surprising good for what happened to him.  Glad to see they took the time to do some great reconstructive surgery.  Don't know if I would have the big brass ones to do something like this to save a friend, hope I would.
 
2014-03-06 09:56:03 AM  

fireclown: Is that a full prosthetic eye, or an elaborate contact lens?  Would one have multiple prosthetic eyes for different occasions, as athletes have different prosthetic limbs?


No, that's the mount where the prosthetic eye will attach. I know someone who lost an eye to cancer and has the same thing. The mount gets attached to muscles so it can move naturally. When it fully heals, a prosthetic eyeball (more like a hemisphere, not a full ball) attaches to the mount. That way instead of getting the immobile glass eye you saw with Peter Falk and Sammy Davis Jr., his fake eye will move like a real one.

It can take a long time to heal fully though. So the guy I know is going to be wearing an eyepatch for a long time before he can wear the glass eye part. IIRC, the fake eyeball will be removable so everything can be cleaned.
 
2014-03-06 09:56:04 AM  

albatros183: OK serious question, what sort of lame grenade do you survive with (relativity) minor injures from, I could be wrong but even fragmentation grenades contain more than 100g of explosive, was it some sort of dud?


they aren't minor injuries. It's a miracle they were able to save his arm.
 
2014-03-06 09:56:17 AM  

albatros183: what sort of lame grenade do you survive with (relativity) minor injures from,


When you have good body armor, anything is possible.  Not military, so I am not sure how the armor that they typically wear compares to the chart in that link, but I'll bet someone here knows......
 
2014-03-06 09:58:14 AM  

USCLaw2010: albatros183: OK serious question, what sort of lame grenade do you survive with (relativity) minor injures from, I could be wrong but even fragmentation grenades contain more than 100g of explosive, was it some sort of dud?

they aren't minor injuries. It's a miracle they were able to save his arm.


What I mean is a contact explosion from that much explosive would generally not just maim you but blow large chunks of you body somewhere not connected to your body
 
2014-03-06 09:59:55 AM  

albatros183: OK serious question, what sort of lame grenade do you survive with (relativity) minor injures from, I could be wrong but even fragmentation grenades contain more than 100g of explosive, was it some sort of dud?


You survive with sheer dumb luck.  It most likely got mostly absorbed by body armor, but a big part of it was probably just dumb luck.  You know, most people who fall out of airplanes die.  A very tiny percentage land just right, or hit just the right updraft, whatever, they survive.  This guy pretty much had everything go right (as much as having a grenade blow up under you can "go right"), and managed to survive.  He's that tiny lucky outlier.  Someone manages to win those multi-hundred million Powerballs.  This guy used up his luck on something else.
 
2014-03-06 10:00:39 AM  

albatros183: OK serious question, what sort of lame grenade do you survive with (relativity) minor injures from, I could be wrong but even fragmentation grenades contain more than 100g of explosive, was it some sort of dud?


Could be a fragmentation vest, combined with just the unique characteristics (and maybe a grenade weakened a bit by storage conditions*) made it survivable.

And he's not the only person to have survived "falling on a grenade":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falling_on_a_grenade
 
2014-03-06 10:02:16 AM  

albatros183: OK serious question, what sort of lame grenade do you survive with (relativity) minor injures from, I could be wrong but even fragmentation grenades contain more than 100g of explosive, was it some sort of dud?


A grenade does pack quite a punch. But the energy isn't focused like a bullet. His vest and helmet are probably why he's here today. Looks like a fair bit of shrapnel made it through the gap between the two, though.
 
2014-03-06 10:03:24 AM  
mestadelsbilder.files.wordpress.com
www.furiouscinema.com
 
2014-03-06 10:04:17 AM  
Most of the shrapnel was deflected by his GIANT BRASS BALLS.
 
2014-03-06 10:05:54 AM  

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: albatros183: OK serious question, what sort of lame grenade do you survive with (relativity) minor injures from, I could be wrong but even fragmentation grenades contain more than 100g of explosive, was it some sort of dud?

A grenade does pack quite a punch. But the energy isn't focused like a bullet. His vest and helmet are probably why he's here today. Looks like a fair bit of shrapnel made it through the gap between the two, though.


And if you add some extra padding, you can come out of it with no serious injuries at all:

Croucher was recommended for the award for throwing himself on a Taliban tripwire grenade to save his comrades. He was part of a reconnaissance mission near Sangin in Helmand Province in Afghanistan on 9 February 2008. Moving through a compound at night he felt a trip-wire against his leg and saw that he had activated a grenade. He threw himself to the ground, and used his rucksack to pin the grenade to the floor, and tucked his legs up to his body. He was thrown some distance by the explosion, but due to the protection offered by his rucksack and body-armour, suffered only a nose-bleed, perforated ear drums and some disorientation. The pack was ripped from his back by the explosion, and his body armour and helmet were pitted by grenade fragments.
 
2014-03-06 10:08:08 AM  

dittybopper: albatros183: OK serious question, what sort of lame grenade do you survive with (relativity) minor injures from, I could be wrong but even fragmentation grenades contain more than 100g of explosive, was it some sort of dud?

Could be a fragmentation vest, combined with just the unique characteristics (and maybe a grenade weakened a bit by storage conditions*) made it survivable.

And he's not the only person to have survived "falling on a grenade":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falling_on_a_grenade


Err.. only one of those people survived and he had a ruck sac )presumably filled with stuff) in between him and the grenade.

TFA is short on details and doesn't actually say he dived on the grenade, makes more sense in the tackle your buddy and are on top for a nearby explosion than jump on top of.
 
2014-03-06 10:15:21 AM  

Psylence: [img.fark.net image 706x349]


Best scene in the whole film.
 
2014-03-06 10:24:54 AM  

ChipNASA: I was expecting this but a purple heart is *much* cooler

[siliconangle.com image 280x185]


Maybe, but all military officers and enlisted must salute him now.
 
2014-03-06 10:36:00 AM  

albatros183: dittybopper: albatros183: OK serious question, what sort of lame grenade do you survive with (relativity) minor injures from, I could be wrong but even fragmentation grenades contain more than 100g of explosive, was it some sort of dud?

Could be a fragmentation vest, combined with just the unique characteristics (and maybe a grenade weakened a bit by storage conditions*) made it survivable.

And he's not the only person to have survived "falling on a grenade":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falling_on_a_grenade

Err.. only one of those people survived and he had a ruck sac )presumably filled with stuff) in between him and the grenade.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falling_on_a_grenade#Survivors

Survivors[edit]
John Baca
Matthew Croucher
Duane E. Dewey
Allan J. Kellogg
Jack Lucas
Robert D. Maxwell

Links to all of them at the Wiki page.

TFA is short on details and doesn't actually say he dived on the grenade, makes more sense in the tackle your buddy and are on top for a nearby explosion than jump on top of.

If you follow the links in TFA, you'll find out that he was on top of the grenade when it went off, but it took a while to figure out what actually happened because he has no memory of it, and the other person present couldn't speak for a while due to damage to the frontal lobe of the brain.
 
2014-03-06 10:39:57 AM  
Hope you find your peace, devil.
 
2014-03-06 10:40:52 AM  
Since Congress gets a great retirement for absolutely screwing up, they need to raise the Medal of Honor award to what they get for retirement benefits.
 
2014-03-06 10:41:20 AM  

scut207: In the Army they taught us to toss the grenade back...

J/K this kid has Balls of Adamantium.


He's so tough, he was able to stop a grenade using only his eye.
 
2014-03-06 10:42:11 AM  
usmclife.com
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-03-06 10:45:29 AM  

Zombalupagus:


Came for the Gangs of NY reference, left fully satisfied.
 
2014-03-06 10:45:40 AM  
Good thing his name's Kyle and not Kenny.
 
2014-03-06 10:48:16 AM  

fireclown: Is that a full prosthetic eye, or an elaborate contact lens?  Would one have multiple prosthetic eyes for different occasions, as athletes have different prosthetic limbs?


My wife was born without a pupil in her right eye and had a dozen unsuccessful operations at Wilmer in her early childhood to try to fix it, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies...

She uses this guy for her prosthesis. It's amazing watching him turn a 1/2" round black plate, paint, small red threads (to simulate veins), and epoxy into something indistinguishable from her real eye if you're a foot away. For those into the less conventional designs he's done shells with the Ravens logo, with smiley faces, all kinds of stuff. They're about two grand apiece if I remember correctly.

/after she goes in for her next one, she'll have three older models rattling around her jewelry case
//I'm going to then take two of them and make cufflinks
///...she'll have her eyes on me
 
2014-03-06 10:49:54 AM  

MBooda: [usmclife.com image 850x884]
[24.media.tumblr.com image 500x328]


img.myconfinedspace.com
 
2014-03-06 10:51:19 AM  
/O
 
2014-03-06 10:51:28 AM  
C0rf

/after she goes in for her next one, she'll have three older models rattling around her jewelry case
//I'm going to then take two of them and make cufflinks
///...she'll have her eyes on me


In all seriousness, aaawwwwwwwwwww. How sweet. I have diabetes now.

/in a good way
 
2014-03-06 10:55:56 AM  
Approves:

mutantreviewers.files.wordpress.com

25.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-03-06 11:00:03 AM  
images.wikia.com

Someone get that man an AI.

/well, fragment of an AI, if nothing else
 
2014-03-06 11:08:05 AM  
I wish that instead of just smart and funny buttons we had some that said:

dickhead
arsehole
moron

etc, etc

(MBooda would have made  a good candidate for at least two of them)
 
2014-03-06 11:10:10 AM  
The MIC thanks you for your service... Now here a bill for the body armor you destroyed.
 
2014-03-06 11:12:39 AM  
www.charlesdance.co.ukmedia.tumblr.com

You could say this guy is the last action hero.
 
2014-03-06 11:16:27 AM  

Headso: if he rocked a hipster beard he could hide all that scaring, so yeah get some skinny jeans and some weird sweaters, breh.


I'm betting his facial hair won't come in quite like you think.
 
2014-03-06 11:23:35 AM  

albatros183: OK serious question, what sort of lame grenade do you survive with (relativity) minor injures from, I could be wrong but even fragmentation grenades contain more than 100g of explosive, was it some sort of dud?


I was wondering the same thing and while I hate to throw a wet blanket on this guys nomination for the award, the marine corps times story kinda makes you wonder a bit. I mean, even Carpenter can't remember what happened, no one actually witnessed his act of heroism, and the guy he was trying to save got pretty farked up (was unable to speak for nearly 2 years due to brain injury).

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140305/NEWS/303050012/Sour ce s-Marine-Kyle-Carpenter-will-receive-MoH-heroism-Afghanistan

To be clear, I am *NOT* saying that this guy is not a complete badass in any way, shape, or form. I just find it interesting that there isn't really anyone to corroborate the story... even the two guys who were injured.
 
2014-03-06 11:26:09 AM  

MythDragon: [www.charlesdance.co.uk image 320x237][media.tumblr.com image 480x203]

You could say this guy is the last action hero.


Came here to post similar pics. Leaving satisfied.
 
2014-03-06 11:38:35 AM  
Sooo, I wonder when we'll create a portable, near instant 'counter grenade' device that would prevent soldiers from having to leap on grenades.
 
2014-03-06 11:43:25 AM  
i1207.photobucket.com
what a noob.
 
2014-03-06 11:50:24 AM  
scifimethods.com

He just needs a pair of Gargoyles.
 
2014-03-06 12:09:44 PM  
How to survive smothering a grenade:  the proper combination of many or all of these
1) Sheer luck
2) more luck
3) weakened grenade (from storage, powder degradation, crappy design originally, weak charge initially)
4) Very good Body armor
5) Extra padding (jackets, sweaters  underneath your armor, etc.)
6) Luck
7) Nice, soft, sandy soil beneath you to absorb some of the force
8) Soft, wet soil beneath you to absorb some of the force
9) Perfect positioning, where you cover the grenade, protect your buddies, but allow enough open area that some of the force is directed out, away from  you, and not all concentrated into you (ie, you don't SMOTHER it as much as you BLOCK it from hurting those you are trying to save)
10) Did I mention luck?  Cause Luck is very important.
 
2014-03-06 12:16:01 PM  

theknuckler_33: albatros183: OK serious question, what sort of lame grenade do you survive with (relativity) minor injures from, I could be wrong but even fragmentation grenades contain more than 100g of explosive, was it some sort of dud?

I was wondering the same thing and while I hate to throw a wet blanket on this guys nomination for the award, the marine corps times story kinda makes you wonder a bit. I mean, even Carpenter can't remember what happened, no one actually witnessed his act of heroism, and the guy he was trying to save got pretty farked up (was unable to speak for nearly 2 years due to brain injury).

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140305/NEWS/303050012/Sour ce s-Marine-Kyle-Carpenter-will-receive-MoH-heroism-Afghanistan

To be clear, I am *NOT* saying that this guy is not a complete badass in any way, shape, or form. I just find it interesting that there isn't really anyone to corroborate the story... even the two guys who were injured.


Hospital Corpsman's report was key also. He was able to determine the location of the grenade in reference to Carpenter's body when it went off by the wounds the two marines had.
 
2014-03-06 12:16:29 PM  
I thought he spent a lot of time at the military hospital at Bethesda. I've never seen him.
 
2014-03-06 12:28:14 PM  
Don't let that man leave the Marines, promote him and make him a drill sergeant.  By the time he's ready to retire, he'll be scarier to a new recruit than R Lee Ermey ever was.
 
2014-03-06 12:28:19 PM  

swankywanky: [image1.findagrave.com image 250x313]

I dig your style, man.



It's "cat."


I dig your style, cat.


Now I gotta see Cannon Ball Run (2?) again.

Mobster: Your money or your life.
Sammy: I'll take the money!
 
2014-03-06 12:45:41 PM  

devildog123: devildog123: This guy has him beat. But not by much. I don't know if I would have had the balls to jump on a grenade.

Of course, Jack Lucas was apparently made entirely of adamantium, not just his balls, since he also managed to survive jumping out of a plane and his parachute didn't open.


Maybe he landed on his balls.
 
2014-03-06 12:57:22 PM  
I think we know what really happened.
deadhomersociety.files.wordpress.com
"Lets see...how did that go? Oh yeah...
And the Lord spake, saying, First shalt
thou take out the Holy Pin.

Then, shalt thou count to three, no more,
no less.

Three shalt be the number thou shalt
count, and the number of the counting
shalt be three.

Four shalt thou not count,
nor either count thou two, excepting that
thou then proceed to three.

Five is right out.

Once the number three,
being the third number, be -*BOOOOM*


/No pics of Abe jumping on a mortar with his helmet :(
 
2014-03-06 04:00:01 PM  

crzybtch: I wish that instead of just smart and funny buttons we had some that said:

dickhead
arsehole
moron

etc, etc

(MBooda would have made  a good candidate for at least two of them)


i290.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-07 01:59:19 AM  

MBooda: [usmclife.com image 850x884]
[24.media.tumblr.com image 500x328]


All the chickenhawk sons of biatches who just voted against veterans' benefits in Congress should be made to look at those photos every day, all Goddamned day, until they change their minds
 
2014-03-07 08:16:53 AM  

Anonymous Bosch: MBooda: [usmclife.com image 850x884]
[24.media.tumblr.com image 500x328]

All the chickenhawk sons of biatches who just voted against veterans' benefits in Congress should be made to look at those photos every day, all Goddamned day, until they change their minds


All ya gotta do is replace those "pages" with vets.
Dun and done.
 
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