U.S. Marine to receive Medal of Honor

Posted at 12:01 PM, Jun 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-19 12:01:31-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Marine Corps veteran whose incredible courage saved a fellow Marine will receive the nation’s highest military honor Thursday. President Obama will present the Medal of Honor to William “Kyle” Carpenter.

In November 2010, Carpenter jumped on a live grenade during a firefight with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Carpenter lost his right eye, most of his jaw and suffered a collapsed lung. He was briefly declared dead by medics, but he somehow survived.

Carpenter is now a student at the University of South Carolina.