Local Marine Receives Medal of Honor
CHARLOTTE, NC -- A Marine Corps veteran from Camp Lejeune now holds the nation's highest military honor.
Corporal William Kyle Carpenter saved a fellow Marine by jumping on a live grenade during a fight with the Taliban in Afghanistan about four years ago. Thursday, he accepted the Medal of Honor at the White House.
"I accept this honor with a heavy heart. As the President put the Medal of Honor around my neck, I felt the history and the weight of the nation."
Carpenter is now the eighth living veteran of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the Medal of Honor.