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Afghanistan veteran prepares to receive Medal of Honor

A U.S. Marine will be honored in Washington this week for jumping on a live grenade to shield his best friend during a Taliban attack in November 2010.

Appearing on "America's Newsroom" Tuesday, Lance Cp. William "Kyle" Carpenter -- the eighth living Medal of Honor recipient -- described what happened after the explosion he thought had left him for dead.

"They only I guess solid memories I have of it is physically how my body felt after the grenade had hit myself and my friend," he told co-host Martha MacCallum.

"I was absolutely sure that I was not going to wake up."

Carpenter woke up weeks later at what is now Walter Reed Medical Center. He lost his right eye, broke several bones and was covered in shrapnel from the blast.

His heroism saved the life of Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio, but Carpenter remains modest ahead of receiving the nation's top military honor.

"I receive it with a heavy heart," he said. "It's a huge honor and I'm very appreciative and I'm very humbled by it, but at the same time... there have been those who didn't make it back and those who did make it back and had worse injuries than mine."

Carpenter hopes his recognition will shine attention on other service members making sacrifices for their country every day.

The ceremony will take place at the White House on Thursday.

Today's guests

  • Byron York

    Chief political correspondent, The Washington Examiner; Fox News contributor

  • Rep. Kevin McCarthy

    R-Calif.; House majority leader

  • Father Jonathan Morris

    Roman Catholic priest; Fox News contributor

  • Nigel Farage

    Fox News Contributor

  • Amb. John Bolton

    Former US ambassador to the UN; Fox News contributor

  • Rich Lowry

    Editor, National Review; Fox News contributor

  • Lis Smith

    Former Deputy Campaign Manager for Martin O'Malley

  • Judge Andrew Napolitano

    Fox News senior judicial analyst

  • Walid Phares

    Fox News middle east and terror analyst

  • Jonah Goldberg

    Editor-at-large, National Review Online; Fox News contributor

  • Rep. Michael McCaul

    R-Texas; Chairman, House Homeland Security Committee

  • Sen. Rand Paul


  • David Avella

    Chairman, GOPAC

  • Leslie Marshall

    Syndicated talk radio host; Fox News contributor

  • Newt Gingrich

    Former speaker of the House