Cpl. Kyle Carpenter Awarded Medal of Honor After Jumping on Grenade to Save Fellow Marine
Retired Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter, 24, was presented the Medal of Honor by President Obama at the White House today. The veteran took the blow from a grenade to protect a fellow Marine in Afghanistan and sustained major wounds, including the loss of his right eye.
Describing the efforts to save Carpenter, President Obama said, “Three times he flat lined. Three times doctors brought him back. Along with his parents, who called Kyle’s survival ‘our miracle,’ we thank God they did.”
President Obama praised Carpenter’s act of courage to save a brother in arms and his heroism displayed in the blink of an eye as “valor worthy of our nation’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor.”
Carpenter is a native of Flowood, Mississippi, and now attends the University of South Carolina.
In an interview on America's Newsroom earlier this week, Carpenter said, "I receive it with a heavy heart. It’s a huge honor and I’m very appreciative and I'm very humbled by it, but at the same time there is - not just from Iraq and Afghanistan, but previous wars since this country was founded - there have been those who didn’t make it back and those who did make it back and had worse injuries than mine."
Watch the moving ceremony above.