Washington, DC, United States (4E) – A former Marine, who was severely wounded for covering a grenade to protect a fellow soldier in Afghanistan in 2010, will receive the Medal of Honor, according to Marine Corps and White House officials.
Marine Lance Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter, who miraculously survived the grenade blast but is now retired, will be the second Marine to receive the Medal of Honor from the war in Afghanistan after the Marine Corps Times (MCT) learned he will receive the highest U.S. military decoration for valor from the unnamed officials.
MCT said the Marine Corps and White House are still planning the ceremony for the awarding of the medal and the date is not yet available.
Carpenter, 24, a native of Mississippi, was nominated to receive the Medal of Honor despite having no recollection of the grenade attack on a rooftop in the Marjah district of Helmand province on Nov. 21, 2010. There was also no available witnesses to verify his heroism as the other soldier he saved, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio, also suffered serious injuries that prevented him to talking for two years.
The medic who attended to Carpenter, however, told military investigators that his wound indicated that the grenade exploded under him.
The blast caused Carpenter to lose an eye and most of his teeth. His jaw was shattered and his arm was broken in several places. He recovered after more than 30 surgeries.
In 2011, the state legislature of South Carolina passed a resolution honoring Carpenter for his service and sacrifices.