Medal of Honor recipient throws first pitch

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SAN DIEGO– Medal of Honor recipient Cpl. Kyle Carpenter threw the first pitch at the San Diego Padres game on Sunday.

Baseball fans were standing and cheering during Carpenter’s introduction and pitch.

“I did a lot better than expected,” Cpl. Carpenter said. “I keep pinching myself to try to wake up. I feel like I am in a dream.”

President Obama presented Carpenter with the nation’s most prestigious award this week. Carpenter jumped on a grenade to protect his fellow Marines during a mission in Afghanistan in 2010.

The 24-year-old man is considered a “medical miracle.”  His injuries were so severe he spent two years in the hospital and has undergone dozens of surgeries.

“I am very honored and humbled by the award.  At the same time, I accept it with a heavy heart just knowing there are so many that didn’t make it back,” Carpenter said.

He plans to visit Marines at MCAS Miramar later this week.

Carpenter is currently a student at the University of South Carolina.

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