A Marine who lost most of his jaw and an eye after fearlessly shielding a comrade from a grenade blast in Afghanistan will receive the Medal of Honor next month.
Retired Corporal William 'Kyle' Carpenter, 24, will receive the nation's top military award at a White House ceremony on June 19, becoming the eighth living recipient for actions in Afghanistan or Iraq.
President Obama will present the medal to Carpenter, who is from Flowood, Mississippi.
He was just 21 when he intentionally threw his body over a grenade to save his friend, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio, while they stood guard on a rooftop in the Helmand province in November 2010.