Medal of Honor recipient visits Camp Lejeune

Medal of Honor recipient visits Camp Lejeune

JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY - Medal of Honor recipient William "Kyle" Carpenter visited Camp Lejeune as the last stop on his media tour.

Camp Lejeune Marines were standing at attention as retired Cpl. Carpenter --who was once stationed at Camp Lejeune himself-- walked out on stage Friday, wearing his new Medal of Honor.

President Obama awarded Carpenter the Medal of Honor at the White House on June 19. Carpenter is credited for saving the life of a fellow Marine by throwing himself on a grenade in Afghanistan in 2010. Carpenter was severely injured in the blast, including the loss of sight in his right eye. His body was shattered and a lung collapsed as well.

At Camp Lejeune Friday, Carpenter gave a humble, casual talk to Marines and let them know that when times get tough, they are not alone.

He said one should never spend too much time planning because you never know what life will throw at you, good or bad.

Carpenter also said when a Marine hangs up the uniform, s/he will miss the time spent in the Marine Corps.

In addition, Carpenter shared thoughts on the time he spent at Camp Lejeune.

"It's just special so I'm definitely glad to be here, definitely glad that I could speak to all the Marines that I did [Friday], go visit my old unit. I wouldn't say it was just a full-out way of closure, but it was just a great way to kind of wrap things up, you know, not just these past two weeks, but the past five years," said Carpenter.

Carpenter said he doesn't wear the Medal of Honor for himself.  He wears it for Marines and Wounded Warriors.

He is working to get his degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina.

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