A Marine Corps veteran who shielded others from a grenade is to receive the nation’s highest combat valor award.
According to the Marine Corps Times, 24-year-old Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter will become the service’s third Medal of Honor recipient from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Carpenter received the nomination after he intentionally covered a grenade to save the life of his friend.
Along with shattering his jaw, the Marine lost his right eye and most of his teeth in the explosion.
Since the explosion, more than 25,000 people have followed Carpenter’s recovery on the Facebook fan page Operation Kyle.
He is reported to receive the award later this year.