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Cpl. Kyle Carpenter leaves Columbia to receive Medal of Honor

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, the South Carolina marine who was wounded in Afghanistan while trying to protect a fellow Marine during an explosion, has left Columbia en route to Washington DC to receive the Medal of Honor.

Carpenter, 25, took off from Columbia Metropolitan Airport on Monday morning and received a hero's goodbye.

Several well-wishers lined the airport terminal to say goodbye to the Marine, who will become the eighth survivor of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the medal.

Carpenter was humbled so many came out to see him off.

"The fact that all these people came out and gave me their time, you know, came out on a busy work day just to show me love and support and kind of send me off before I leave South Carolina is very humbling," said Carpenter.

Carpenter was badly wounded in 2010 when he jumped in front of a live grenade to shield his friend, fellow Cpl. Nick Eufrazio, from the blast.

The Marine lost his right eye and most of his teeth in the attack. His jaw was also shattered and his arm was broken in dozens of places, but he and Eufrazio survived the attack.

Carpenter will receive the Medal of Honor on Thursday during a ceremony at the White House.

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