Medal Of Honor Marine Speaks At Lejeune

The President calls him an "inspiration to generations."

On Friday, the most recent medal of honor recipient returned to the base he once served to share his story.

On June 19th, President Obama put that medal around Corporal William "Kyle" Carpenter's neck.

Friday afternoon, the now medically discharged Marine was at Camp Lejeune for a town hall style meeting, telling fellow devil dogs his story.

Carpenter talked about how he jumped on the grenade to protect another Marine in Afghanistan back in 2010. He suffered extensive injuries, and says he is not surprised that he did it, saying it was what any Marine would do.


President Barack Obama says the country's newest Medal of Honor recipient should not be alive but thanks God that he is.

Obama says retired Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter faced down a hand grenade that is "one of the most awful weapons of war" to save a fellow Marine.

Obama says Carpenter's heroism in that blink of an eye in Afghanistan in 2010 "will inspire for generations." Carpenter was severely injured in the blast, including the loss of sight in his right eye.

Obama says Carpenter flat-lined three times while doctors tended to him after the blast. He recognized Carpenter's medical team at a ceremony in the White House East Room.

Obama presented the 24-year-old with the eighth Medal of Honor given to a survivor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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