A South Carolina native received the country’s highest military honor for bravery from at the White House Thursday.
President Barack Obama presented retired Marine Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter the Medal of Honor in the formal ceremony. The president said Carpenter is a great role model for any American.
“Kyle is a shining example of what our nation needs to encourage,” the president said. “That’s veterans who come home and use their amazing talents to keep our country strong.”
Carpenter, a native of Gilbert, absorbed a grenade blast with his body to protect a fellow Marine in Afghanistan in 2010. Carpenter underwent countless surgeries and procedures over three and a half years but has recovered and is now a student at the University of South Carolina.
The president commented on how miraculous Carpenter’s survival and long recovery was, thanking Carpenter for his valor and all those in the military for their brave service.
“Corporal William Kyle Carpenter should not be alive today, but the fact that he is gives us reason to trust that there is indeed a bigger plan,” Obama stated. “God bless you Kyle, God bless all who serve and protect the precious and amazing life that we are blessed with. May God continue to bless and keep strong the United States of America…Semper Fi.”
Carpenter is the first South Carolinian to receive the award since the Vietnam War.
South Carolina Radio Network’s Patrick Ingraham filed this report.