WASHINGTON D.C. (KRON) — A retired Marine Corps corporal isn’t commenting on published reports that President Obama will award him the Medal of Honor for jumping on a grenade to save the life of a comrade in Afghanistan.
The Marine Corps Times cites sources who say the President will make the award to William Kyle Carpenter later this year. The blast from the grenade caused damage to the frontal lobe of Cpl. Carpenter’s brain. He just recently regained the ability to speak.
One delay in the award involves the fact that no one witnessed the attack and Carpenter says he doesn’t remember the incident on Nov. 21, 2010.
Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio suffered serious injuries in the grenade blast. Marine Staff Sgt. Michael Kroll who was oversaw the platoon Carpenter was in says there’s no doubt in his mind that jumping on the grenade saved Eufrazio’s life.
Carpenter has become somewhat of a celebrity in the years since the incident with his story featured in Readers Digest and thousands of people following his progress on the “Operation Kyle” Facebook page. He’s reportedly undergone more than 30 surgeries since sustaining the injuries.
Cpl. Carpenter would become the third Marine awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan or Iraq.
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