Marine to get medal of honor for blocking grenade

Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter takes part of the first corporals course for wounded warriors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Md., Jan. 12. Carpenter sustained wounds to the right side of his body from an enemy grenade in Marjah, Afghanistan, November 2010. The class graduated Jan. 16. (U.S. Marine Corps)
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, who earned the Medal of Honor, recently recounted his actions in a grenade attack that earned him the award.

Carpenter says he was lying on his back on a rooftop in Marjah, Afghanistan, alongside his friend and fellow Marine, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio. When Taliban insurgents lobbed a grenade on the roof, Carpenter threw himself in front of Eufrazio to protect him.

His list of injuries is long: He lost his right eye and his left was injured, both eardrums were blown, most of his teeth were blown out and much of his jaw was missing. He badly injured both arms, his right lung collapsed and he had shrapnel wounds in his legs.

President Barack Obama will present him with the military's highest honor on June 19.

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