Local Marine Receives Medal of Honor

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by WCCB Charlotte

 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.

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