Kyle Carpenter receives Medal of Honor

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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. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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President Barack Obama says the country's newest Medal of Honor recipient should not be alive but thanks God that he is.

Obama says retired Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter faced down a hand grenade that is "one of the most awful weapons of war" to save a fellow Marine.

Obama says Carpenter's heroism in that blink of an eye in Afghanistan in 2010 "will inspire for generations." Carpenter was severely injured in the blast, including the loss of sight in his right eye. (AP)

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