Marine from Flowood to receive Medal of Honor in June - - Jackson, MS

Marine from Flowood receives Medal of Honor today

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WASHINGTON, D. C (Mississippi News Now) -

A retired Marine will be honored with the Medal of Honor after he shielded a fellow Marine from a grenade blast in Afghanistan.

Retired Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter, originally from Flowood, MS., will travel to Washington D.C. on June 19 to receive the honor, according to the White House.

Carpenter is receiving the award for an incident in the Helmland Province of Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom on Nov. 21, 2010.

The corporal jumped in front of a live grenade to shield his friend, fellow Cpl. Nick Eufrazio, from the blast.

Carpenter lost his right eye and most of his teeth in the attack. His jaw was also shattered and his arm was broken in dozens of places, but he and Eufrazio survived the attack.

Since then, the now medically-retired Carpenter has had over 40 surgeries to repair his arm and his face and has worked to serve as an ambassador for the Marine Corps and the state of South Carolina.

"I think that carries a huge responsibility and puts a lot of weight on my shoulders to be a positive figure for South Carolina," said Carpenter in a previous interview.

Carpenter also attends the University of South Carolina.

The Medal of Honor is just the latest award for the South Carolina Marine who has already received the Purple Heart, the Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Carpenter is the eighth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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