Yesterday the President awarded Marine Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter the Medal of Honor for his heroism in Afghanistan. The award was presented to him for shielding his fellow Marine by diving atop a grenade to absorb the blast.
He has no memory of his heroism, but says it doesn't surprise him.
"If you put a thousand Marines in that situation they would all do the exact same thing for me."
Carpenter has undergone 40 surgeries and spent 2 1/2 years in a Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to treat his wounds, but now has fully recovered.
On Sunday, June 22nd, Carpenter will be in San Diego to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Padres game. The pregame ceremony will start at approximately 12:50.
Lance Corporal Carpenter and a fellow Marine were manning a rooftop security position on the perimeter of Patrol Base Dakota when the enemy initiated a daylight attack with hand grenades, one of which landed inside their sandbagged position. Without hesitation, and with complete disregard for his own safety, Lance Corporal Carpenter moved toward the grenade in an attempt to shield his fellow Marine from the deadly blast. When the grenade detonated, his body absorbed the brunt of the blast, severely wounding him, but saving the life of his fellow Marine. By his undaunted courage, bold fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of almost certain death, Lance Corporal Carpenter reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.