A Marine who was left disfigured after fearlessly shielding a comrade from a grenade blast in Afghanistan will receive the Medal of Honor, it has emerged.
Kyle Carpenter, 24, will reportedly be presented with the nation's top military award later this year, becoming only the third Marine from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to receive it.
While no formal announcement has been made, officials told the Marine Corps Times that plans are being finalized for a ceremony in Washington later this year.
Carpenter, from South Carolina, lost his right eye and most of the teeth in the November 2010 blast, which also shattered his jaw and broke his arm in dozens of places, leaving him heavily scarred.
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