GILBERT, S.C. – A retired Marine will become the eighth living veteran of U.S. combat in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the Medal of Honor.
Cpl. Kyle Carpenter lost most of his jaw and an eye when he sacrificed his body to save a fellow Marine.
In 2010, Carpenter and another Marine were on a rooftop during a firefight with Taliban insurgents when a hand grenade landed on the roof.
According to the Marine Corps, Carpenter fell on the grenade and his body took most of the blast.
In a video by the Department of Defense, Carpenter says he had to be revived while being evacuated.
He was also labeled patient expired on arrival at the field hospital.
Carpenter went through two and a half years of rehabilitation and surgeries.
He medically retired from the Marine Corps as a corporal and is a student at the University of South Carolina.