Retired Marine from South Carolina receiving Medal of Honor next month

Medically retired Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter of South Carolina speaks to the media this month at the Pentagon. On June 19, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Carpenter the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

A severely injured Marine now enrolled at the University of South Carolina will receive the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama next month, the White House announced Monday.

Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter, a retired U.S. Marine, will receive the Medal of Honor on June 19 in a ceremony at the White House.

Carpenter is the eighth living recipient to be awarded the medal for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. He is being recognized after he threw himself onto a grenade to save the life of a friend.

"Over there, each other is all we have," Carpenter told Katie Couric on Jan. 27 during a television interview.

Carpenter was born in Flowood, Miss., and graduated from W. Wyman King Academy in Batesburg in 2008.

In 2009, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and completed his basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island.

At the time of the Nov. 21, 2010 action in Afghanistan, Carpenter, 24, took the brunt of a grenade blast.

"I'm still here and kicking and I have all my limbs, so you will never hear me complain," he said in a video at the Marine Corps Times website.

The country's highest award for valor reportedly has not been presented to a South Carolinian since the Vietnam War.

In July 2013, Carpenter was medically retired as a corporal as a result of his wounds which included losing his right eye.

He is currently a full-time student at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, the Associated Press reported.

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