President Obama Awards Marine Corporal William "Kyle" Carpenter

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President Obama Awards Marine Corporal William "Kyle" Carpenter With The Medal Of Honor

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Washington, D.C.-President Obama bestowed retired Marine Corporal William "Kyle" Carpenter with the Medal of Honor on Thursday, which is the country's highest military award.

While fighting in Afghanistan in 2010, Carpenter made the selfless decision to cover an enemy-launched grenade with his body to help save fellow Marines.

He was severely wounded, including a depressed skull, a collapsed right lung, multiple facial fractures, and fragment injuries to his arms and legs.

He also lost most of his jaw and his right eye in the blast.

The Marine spent over two years at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, before medically retiring last July.

Many who treated him are calling it a miracle he is here to receive this honor.

"We are here because this man, this United States Marine, faced down that terrible explosive power, that unforgiving force, with his own body, willingly and deliberately, to protect a fellow Marine. When that grenade exploded, Kyle Carpenter's body took the brunt of the blast. His injuries were called catastrophic. It seemed as if he were going to die," said President Obama.

Carpenter is the 8th living veteran of U.S. combat in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the Medal of Honor.

"Kyle, you not only saved your brother-in-arms, you displayed heroism in the blink of an eye that will inspire for generations. Valor worthy of our nation's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor," said President Obama.

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