SAN DIEGO – Marine Corps Air Station Miramar rolled out the red carpet Monday for Medal of Honor recipient Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter.
Carpenter was recognized for the selfless action of throwing himself on a live grenade to save his best friend and fellow Marine.
The Marines at MCAS Miramar gave Cpl. Carpenter a standing ovation as he was presented with the American flag.
The 24-year-old told the attendees that he remembers very little about the November day in 2010 in southern Afghanistan.
“I felt like someone was pouring warm water down my body, but it was all the blood I was losing…I thought I was going to die I thought of my family and how much thy were going to miss me,” he said. “Then I woke up 6 weeks later in a hospital bed.”
Carpenter lost the sight in his right eye, but after dozens of surgeries and nearly three years in a hospital bed he has recovered amazingly well.
Carpenter has run a marathon and is dedicating the next chapter of his life to assisting other wounded warriors.
“I wear this medal for all the wounded warriors and for those who never came back,” Cpl. Carpenter said.