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Veteran wounded by grenade gets Medal of Honor

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor Thursday on an Afghan veteran who took the blow from a grenade to save a fellow Marine, praising him for displaying the type of valor that will inspire generations.

In a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Obama placed the blue ribbon around the neck of retired Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter as family, military members and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel looked on. In all likelihood, Carpenter should have died that day in Afghanistan, Obama said, but the fact he survives gives the nation reason to believe in a higher power.

"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."

Carpenter, now 24, was wounded Nov. 21, 2010, while guarding a patrol base in a small village in Helmand province.

Marine Becomes Youngest Living Medal Of Honor Recipient

According to the Marine Corps, Carpenter and Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio were assigned to provide security from a rooftop post, their presence concealed only by a circle of sandbags piled three to four high.

Enemy forces, which had moved in while hidden by walls from a compound across the street, lobbed three grenades into the patrol base. One injured an Afghan National Army soldier. The second did not detonate.

The third landed close to Carpenter and Eufrazio.

Carpenter placed himself between the grenade and Eufrazio to shield him. The blast deflected down, with Carpenter absorbing most of the explosion.

Eufrazio received a head injury from shrapnel. But Carpenter was severely wounded, sustaining a depressed skull, a collapsed right lung, multiple facial fractures, the loss of a third of his lower jaw and fragment injuries to his arms and legs.

He was immediately evacuated and required brain surgery. He lost his right eye due to his injuries.

"You displayed a valor in the blink of an eye that will inspire generations," Obama said.

Carpenter was a patient at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, until his retirement for medical reasons last July.

He is a native of Flowood, Mississippi, and now studies at the University of South Carolina.

Obama has presented the Medal of Honor to 39 members of the armed services in the first six years of his presidency.

Medal Of Honor Recipient Kyle Carpenter Is More Than Deserving Of Honor

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mikegimeli June 19 2014 at 3:59 PM

God Bless this Marine ...

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flyingfortresb17 June 19 2014 at 4:01 PM

All this to a man worthy of praise. It is great. Now all the president and the congress need do is make sure that he and all the other wounded veterans get the proper treatment on time when requested.

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seminoleagle June 19 2014 at 4:02 PM

I wish the man placing the medal loved this country a tenth as much as this marine.

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Randy June 19 2014 at 4:02 PM

What a shame that the honor of being awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor has to be besmirched by a limp wristed wimp presenting it to a MAN. obama is not fit to clean the guys latrine yet the honorable volunteer hero is presented the award by him.... that is just wrong!

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chgovette68 June 19 2014 at 4:02 PM

We're proud of you brother, Semper Fi.

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becrafty01 chgovette68 June 19 2014 at 4:32 PM

I see a very Handsome young man receiving a medal bravely earned ! You will go far !!! Thank you for your service.

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fullmetljacket chgovette68 June 19 2014 at 7:28 PM

Amen chgovette...Semper FI!!!!

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donahuepapad123 fullmetljacket June 19 2014 at 10:24 PM

AND ill raise you a , " SO MOTE IT BE " , LOL

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hanlon1212 fullmetljacket June 19 2014 at 11:17 PM

Semper Fi and a half ! Lol .

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tornekrayville June 19 2014 at 4:03 PM

I think I would have chosen something other to say than "in the blink of an eye". For God's sake who is writing his lines Don Rickles?

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greatbirdusa June 19 2014 at 4:05 PM

Obama said.
"You displayed a valor in the blink of an eye that will inspire generations,"

Eufrazio lost his right eye due to his injuries.!
I hope he gets better care for all his injuries than most Vets get from the VA system.

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rjm3925 June 19 2014 at 4:06 PM

God bless you, young sir. All the best is wished for you.

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R June 19 2014 at 3:58 PM

Look at Obama's face. He looks bored and pissed at the same time.

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cdcdcd1 June 19 2014 at 4:02 PM

what a stud of a marine. whoo ahh

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busmannj cdcdcd1 June 20 2014 at 9:32 AM

Semper Fi honored to serve with the best GOD BLESS !!!

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sc987rfillbright busmannj June 20 2014 at 10:18 AM

Semper Fi my ass where is the awards for the Viet Nam Vets?

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