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Medal Of Honor Recipient: Felt Like a 'Dream' to Receive Award

Friday, 20 Jun 2014 11:02 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

Medal Of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter said it felt like he was "in a dream" when President Barack Obama presented the award to him on Thursday.

"I almost felt like I was in a dream. It was almost hard to comprehend," Carpenter, a retired Marine corporal, told "Fox & Friends" on Friday.

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Carpenter was presented with the nation's highest military honor in a ceremony at the White House. The veteran suffered life-threatening wounds while serving in Afghanistan when he jumped on a grenade in November 2010 to save fellow Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio.

Carpenter lost his right eye and suffered multiple injuries on his head and body. He said it was important to him to be surrounded at the ceremony by those who helped him recover.

"Yesterday was incredibly special, and not only for the Medal of Honor, but really for the fact that all of my closest friends and family and everybody that has helped me get to where I am today, and has helped make me who I am today and has had a part in that healing," he said.

Carpenter said he didn't remember any of the events of the day he was injured, except how he felt after the grenade hit him.

"I don't remember anything really from the entire day, and especially the moments leading up to being injured by the grenade. All I remember is physically how my body felt within a few seconds after I was impacted by the blast and before I went unconscious," he said.

Carpenter, originally from Flowood, Mississippi, is a student at the University of South Carolina.

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