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  • Obama Medal of Honor
    Marine Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter threw himself on an explosive to save a fellow warrior fighting in Afghanistan. The physical price he paid was extreme, but Carpenter, 24, survived and on Thursday, June 19, received the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor.

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk with retired Marine Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter, before the president presented him the Medal of Honor, Thursday, June 19, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Carpenter took a blow from a grenade to protect a fellow Marine in Afghanistan, sustaining major wounds including the loss of his right eye. He is the eighth living recipient to be chosen for the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.
    Pablo Martinez Monsivais | AP
  • Obama Medal of Honor
    President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 19, 2014, during a ceremony where he awarding retired Marine Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter, 24, left, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Carpenter received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Automatic Rifleman in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
    Jacquelyn Martin | AP
  • Obama Medal of Honor
    President Barack Obama stands with retired Marine Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter, left, before awarding him the Medal of Honor, Thursday, June 19, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Carpenter took a blow from a grenade to protect a fellow Marine in Afghanistan, sustaining major wounds including the loss of his right eye. He is the eighth living recipient to be chosen for the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. Also stage on the right holding the medal is presenting the medal Maj. Steven Schreiber of the US Marine Corps.
    Pablo Martinez Monsivais | AP
  • Obama Medal of Honor
    Retired Marine Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter applauds his medical team as they stand to be acknowledged by President Barack Obama during a ceremony presenting Carpenter with the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry, Thursday, June 19, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Carpenter received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Automatic Rifleman in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
    Jacquelyn Martin | AP
  • Obama Medal of Honor
    President Barack Obama awards retired Marine Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry, Thursday, June 19, 2014, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Carpenter received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Automatic Rifleman in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
    Jacquelyn Martin | AP
  • Obama Medal of Honor
    President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to retired Marine Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter, Thursday, June 19, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Carpenter took a blow from a grenade to protect a fellow Marine in Afghanistan, sustaining major wounds including the loss of his right eye. He is the eighth living recipient to be chosen for the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.
    Pablo Martinez Monsivais | AP
  • Obama Medal of Honor
    President Barack Obama awards retired Marine Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 19, 2014. Carpenter received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Automatic Rifleman in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
    Jacquelyn Martin | AP
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    U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter is awardedthe Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the White House in Washington, D.C.
    Olivier Douliery | MCT
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    U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter is awardedthe Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the White House in Washington, D.C.
    Olivier Douliery | MCT
  • Obama Medal of Honor
    President Barack Obama and the crowd applaud retired Marine Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter, 24, left, after awarding him the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry, Thursday, June 19, 2014, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Carpenter received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Automatic Rifleman in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
    Jacquelyn Martin | AP
  • Obama Medal of Honor
    President Barack Obama reaches out to retired Marine Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter, after awarding him the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry, Thursday, June 19, 2014, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Carpenter received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Automatic Rifleman in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
    Jacquelyn Martin | AP
  • Obama Medal of Honor
    Retired Marine Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter, 24, currently a student at the University of South Carolina, speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 14, 2014, after being awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama. Carpenter received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Automatic Rifleman in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
    Jacquelyn Martin | AP
  • Obama Medal of Honor
    President Barack Obama shakes hands with retired Marine Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter after awarding him the Medal of Honor, Thursday, June 19, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Carpenter took a blow from a grenade to protect a fellow Marine in Afghanistan, sustaining major wounds including the loss of his right eye. He is the eighth living recipient to be chosen for the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.
    Pablo Martinez Monsivais | AP
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    U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter is awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the White House in Washington, D.C.
    Olivier Douliery | MCT
Marine Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter threwhimself on an explosive to save a fellow warrior fighting in Afghanistan. The physical price he paid was extreme, but Carpenter, 24, survived and on Thursday, June 19, received the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor.
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