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Medal of Honor recipient honored by fellow Marines at Miramar

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MIRAMAR (CNS/CBS 8) - The nation's most recent Medal of Honor recipient, retired U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter, was honored Monday evening at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing recognized the recipient of the nation's highest military honor during an Evening Colors Ceremony, according to base officials.

I'm very humbled and honored to be here," Cpl. Carpenter told an audience of thousands of fellow Marines at Monday evening's special ceremony. ""I'm no different from you: I wear this Medal of Honor for every single one of you, for those who have served, for those who are in uniform now."

Carpenter's time in San Diego also included throwing out the first pitch at Sunday's Padres game.

"I love my Braves, but today I was a Padres fan! Thanks for the hospitality," Carpenter said via Twitter following the game.

President Barack Obama awarded the 24-year-old the Medal of Honor on Thursday for his actions while serving as a rifleman with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force in Marjah in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.

In November 2010, the Jackson, Miss., native and another Marine were at a rooftop security position when they were attacked by Taliban fighters. Carpenter threw himself in front of an enemy grenade that landed nearby to shield his fellow Marine from the blast. He suffered severe injuries to his right arm and face and lost an eye.

"What I did, all Marines would do," he said.

After Monday's ceremony, Cpl. Carpenter told reporters that while he does not remember the events leading up to the nearly fatal blast, he does remember the immediate aftermath.

"I thought about my family and how devastated they were going to be, that I was going to be killed in Afghanistan," he said.

Carpenter has since retired from the Marine Corps and enrolled at the University of South Carolina.

He is the eighth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. His other commendations include a Purple Heart, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, a Combat Action Ribbon, a Navy Unit Commendation and a Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with one bronze star, military officials said.
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