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Charlotte resident Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), will receive the Medal of Honor, the United States of America’s highest military accolade, for his courageous actions during a grenade attack in Helmand province, Afghanistan in 2010. The medal, given for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty, will be awarded by the President of the United States on June 19.
“Corporal Carpenter is an inspiring young man and Marine, whose selfless service and heroic actions stand as a testament to the ‘uncommon valor’ exhibited by Marines throughout our Corps’ illustrious history,” said Commandant General James F. Amos. “His compelling story will inspire and motivate current and future generations of Marines.”
Corporal Carpenter was nominated for the nation’s highest award for valor after he covered a grenade to save the life of his friend, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio, during an attack as the two Marines were standing guard on a rooftop. Carpenter, 24, will be the tenth U.S. service member — and the second Marine — to receive the Medal of Honor from the war in Afghanistan.