New Medal of Honor recipient to attend unveiling ceremony Saturday in Savannah

Dec. 19– Recently awarded Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter will attend a ceremony in his honor to be held Saturday at the gazebo outside the Hardin County Courthouse at 1:30 p.m.

On June 19 of this year, President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on medically retired Marine Corporal William Kyle Carpenter, who took the blow from a grenade to save a fellow Marine. Carpenter sustained major injuries from that blast, losing his right eye and most of his teeth, a shattered jaw and multiple breaks in his arm. He had 30 surgeries in nine weeks following the accident.

Carpenter, 24, lived in Hardin County with his parents, Jim and Robin Carpenter, and younger twin brothers, Peyton and Price,  from 2003-2006, while he was in middle school and high school. 

Saturday’s ceremony will include the unveiling of Carpenter’s name which has been etched in the granite of the Veterans Monument beside the courthouse.

The ceremony is open to the public.

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