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Retired Parris Island Marine to receive Medal of Honor

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PARRIS ISLAND (WTOC) -

A retired Marine of Parris Island is set to earn the military's highest combat honored.

President Barack Obama will award Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter with the distinguished Medal of Honor next week.

While serving in Afghanistan, Carpenter was severely wounded in a grenade attack while trying to save his best friend.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2009 and completed basic training at Parris Island.

Commanding General Loretta Reynolds said Carpenter's actions will be remembered among the future generations of young Marines.

"So every graduation, I look into that crowd and I say, ‘where's the next Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps? Where is the next General Abel, where is the next Dakota Meyer or Kyle Carpenter?'," she said. "The truth of it is, every single one of those men and women have that potential. And are we proud of him? Oh, absolutely! Cpl. Carpenter, he's going to be a legend in the next generation of young men and women who come through this depot, so we're very, very proud of him."

Cpl. Carpenter will be the eighth living recipient to receive the Medal of Honor for his actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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