Gamecocks fan Carpenter presented Medal of Honor

uscfan2US Marine and University of South Carolina student Cpl. Kyle Carpenter received the Medal of Honor Thursday afternoon at the White House in Washington, D.C. for his actions in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Carpenter, who has been heavily involved with Gamecock athletics while enrolled at South Carolina, threw his body on a grenade blast to shield a fellow Marine. The 24-year-old is only the eighth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Carpenter was providing security from a rooftop post on Nov. 21, 2010, when enemy forces lobbed three grenades into the patrol base. One injured an Afghan National Army soldier, the second did not detonate, and the third landed near Carpenter and Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio.

Carpenter placed himself between the grenade and Eufrazio, blowing off a third of Carpenter’s jaw. He also suffered a depressed skull, a collapsed right lung, multiple facial fractures, and injuries to his arms and legs.

Carpenter lost his right eye due to his injuries but made a remarkable recovery to enroll at USC and share his inspirational story with the men’s soccer. He also was recognized on the field at Williams-Brice Stadium during the annual Salute to the Military football halftime.

Photo courtesy of The White House

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