A powerful user submit: meet Landon Carpenter (13 Photos)

"Please meet Landon.. his dad Marine LCPL Andrew Carpenter made the ultimate sacrifice while serving on his second deployment with the 3/8 in Afghanistan earlier this year.. a month before his son was born. In the picture, to the right, Andrew Paul Carpenter's dog tags dangle from his dusty boots. A small Bible, bookmarked with his wedding announcement, rests on the floor beside them."
Thank you Paul for sending this in. Paul took the time to contact Crissie Carpenter (widow and mother) to run this post. Words on a web site will never do justice, thank you to the Carpenter family and fallen Andrew Carpenter.
Source of art by Marine Combat Artist Rob Bates and additional photos here
Source 2
Source of lead photo by Marcia Truitt


Source of art by Marine Combat Artist Rob Bates and additional photos here
Source 2
Source of lead photo by Marcia Truitt

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  • Stan_Dalone

    R.I.P. LCPL Andrew Carpenter. Thank you for your service, your sacrifice, the sacrifice of your family. God bless you Landon may you live long and have a fruitful life. Thank you for the story it is very touching

  • etcrr

    #1 is staged but so very precious R.I.P Andrew Carpenter

    • Dingdong

      No kidding?! You mean that infant didn't gather up all his daddy's gear set an auto timer on a camera and then speed crawl back into his pose?

      • Fuck You

        fuck off Ding Dong you knew what he meant moron

        • Steph

          what exactly did he mean?

  • mike

    It's tragic that Landon will never know his father, but he'll always have the knowledge that his father died a hero.

  • Maverick

    Every morning I wake up to our flag, proud for what it stands for, honored by those who protect it. Thank you LCPL Andrew Carpenter for your dedication, bravery, and ultimate sacrifice, as well a thank you to your family, your memory shall carry on through your son. God speed and God bless

  • Jason

    Thank you for your sacrifice and my heart goes to his family and the families of all fallen solders.

  • Roger

    May God watch over the Both of you. He'll be watching over the both of you. From a fellow Marine

  • Nikki

    Made me cry. As a spouse of a war-wounded combat veteran I can only imagine what Crissie has been through. May God watch over her and Langdon both.

    • Stan_Dalone

      Nikki, I don't know what you are going through, the heart break and tough things that you endure, however I still want to thank you for your sacrifice and service. Without you we would not have freedom

  • low

    How dare she steal my name!

    • Here I am

      Really??? Grow up!!!!

  • fjones

    Thank you Andrew, Crissie, & Landon.

  • Kirk

    Thank you for your service soldier. Thank you for standing up for what makes this country great. Your son will be proud of his father and what he stood for.

  • emi

    I thank all the soldiers in the milatary that are serving our country.:) i think landon will follow what you have done Andrew . he will fill your place in.

  • Tim Nichols

    This post made me cry. Landon, you have a brave father and I can only hope that one day when you are old enough you will fully understand his sacrifice for his mates and his country. From a humble member of the British military I salute you sir. See you when the smoke clears…….

  • HM3 Hortz

    Thank you brother. We will not let them take your fun away… Samper Fi!

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  • carpentry

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  • Teresa

    i am a disabled American Veteran who served during Desert Storm i am proud to be an American and it deeply saddens me when i see or hear stories such as Mrs. Carpenters and Landons. I feel like our troops should have to only serve one tour of duty i n foriegn hostile lands their are plenty of first timers out there they should not have to bear the burden of multiple tours there are plenty of qualified men and women who can serve at least one term on hostile grounds. its a damn shame Andrew had to die its a bigger shame that my country sent him there. I will say a prayer for Andrews wife and newborn son GOd bless them and theier ventures in the world without Andrew.

    • Stacey

      Your country didn't send him anywhere, he signed up-stepped up where most can't or won't. Yes this is a tragedy none the less but I can't imagine it helping little Landon to take away from his daddy's awesome sacrifice and place blame on our country. Baby Landon your daddy didn't chose his country over u, his country didn't make this choice for him, he chose to be a HERO! Nothing else! A HERO! God bless this family, thank you for your sacrifice and I for one will never forget your story

  • James K Foster

    My father died 10-7-12 a world war II and Korea Veteran who loved America and was proud of our service men. He never lost sight of what sacrifices our soldiers put out each day. With Andrews it was with his life. May we never lose sight either so we can make sure his life did count for something and that his Son can grow up to be Proud of his Father. Thank-you to Andrew and all soldiers for our Freedom, I pray to God that Landon continues to grow into a health good man. The day America lost Andrew Carpenter we lost a Hero
    in mind and heart.

  • beverly

    God bless you both, unfortunately, we as humans can't come to grips with our differences, that we must war over them and sacrifice our most precious resources, our loss of lives in the name of freedom. Our loss of loved ones, the horrific injuries. I wish for peace, I hope you, your son, and all of those who have laid down life, limb and mind for this wonderful freedom can find pride that is
    worth keeping, despite its flaws. Peace…

  • Matt

    Thank you for your service to our country. God bless the family.

  • Heidi

    This boy will know what a true hero his dad was in every way. He will be strong and proud and hold his dad in his heart for ever. God bless him!

  • Danna

    My heart goes out to Crissie & baby Landon. I hope you can find comfort knowing Andrew is in Heaven & will always be watching over you. I hope you are able to print this thread & save for Landon to read one day….
    Landon…. I am so sorry that you will have to grow up without having your daddy here in this physical life, but I hope you know that your dad is always watching over you & your mom & will always be with you in spirit. Your dad … And the many other men & women who have given their life for our freedom are & always will be Heros. God 's blessings Crissie & Landon….. Thank you for sharing Andrew & your story with us…..

  • andrew

    God bless you Landon,I speak for myself and hopefully many others your father was a great man and will be watching over you always! I am in tears of joy and thank fullness for men like your dad!

  • Rachel

    God bless our troops…God bless you and your baby and God bless America. I salute all the brave soldiers ❤

  • Diana

    So do i they die pointlessly, no sense to it at all,

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