SC Marine who covered grenade to save friend will receive Medal of Honor

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A Marine from South Carolina, who was severely wounded in Afghanistan in 2010, will receive the Medal of Honor later this year, Marine Corps Times is reporting.

William Kyle Carpenter, 24, a medically retired corporal, will become the service’s third Medal of Honor recipient from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest combat valor award.

According to the report, the Marine Corps is finalizing plans with the White House for a ceremony in Washington.

Carpenter’s nomination stems from reports that, as a 21-year-old lance corporal, he intentionally covered a grenade to save the life of his friend, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio on Nov. 21, 2010. Both men survived the blast but were badly wounded.

Carpenter lost his right eye and most of his teeth, his jaw was shattered and his arm was broken in dozens of places.

Eufrazio sustained damage to the frontal lobe of his brain from shrapnel. Until recently, his wounds rendered him unable to speak.

Read more: Marine Corps Times

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