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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

  • Steve Hayes

    Senior Writer, The Weekly Standard; Fox News contributor

  • Marc Thiessen

    Columnist, Washington Post; Fox News contributor

  • Joe Romeiro

    'Shark Week' expert, Discovery Channel

  • KT McFarland

    Fox News national security analyst

  • Katie Pavlich

    News editor,; Fox News contributor

  • Mary Anne Marsh

    Former John Kerry adviser

  • Brit Hume

    Fox senior political analyst

  • Gillian Turner

    Former White House National Security Council staff

  • Rod Wheeler

    Former DC homicide detective; Fox News contributor

  • Mike Baker

    Former CIA covert operations officer

  • Basil Smikle Jr.

    President & founder, Basil Smikle Associates

  • Deneen Borelli

    President, Conservative Review; Fox News contributor