The 46-year-old wasn't always so bright and cheery. He came from a broken home and found himself getting into trouble as a teenager. The man who now preaches the gospel for all to hear was in fact once a criminal.
The Purple Heart Booya earned after being injured while carrying wounded Americans to safety during the Shok Valley battle is proudly on display in his Charlotte living room. And yet, he says he has felt unwelcome at times in the country he fought to protect.
I've been asked many times if I felt like Carruth's words were sincere. Of course, I have a personal opinion. I'm a human being. But I gave up my right to share that when I became a journalist. All I can say is that I hope Carruth is being honest.
The man who touched millions was also the man who thought much of God and little of himself. Tuesday, as people reflected on the life of Reverend Billy Graham, the word humility kept coming up. Graham was never one to bask in the limelight.