(NEWSER) – A Marine credited with throwing himself on a grenade to save a buddy, suffering devastating injuries in so doing will become the third US marine of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars to receive the Medal of Honor, the Marine Corps Times reports. William Kyle Carpenter, now a 24-year-old medically retired corporal, dove on a grenade as the pair stood guard on a rooftop in Afghanistan in November 2010. The explosion shattered his jaw, broke his arm in several places, cost him his right eye and most of his teeth, and forced him to undergo more than 30 surgeries, while his friend, Nicholas Eufrazio, also suffered a brain injury so bad that he wasn't able to speak until recently.

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