As a 21-year-old lance corporal, Carpenter covered a grenade to save the life of his fellow Marine, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio, in Afghanistan in 2010. Both were injured by the blast but survived, according to the Military Times.
Carpenter lost his right eye and most of his teeth. He also shattered his jaw and broke his arm.
If awarded the Medal of Honor, Carpenter would be come the first South Carolinian to receive the award since the Vietnam War, according to the Herald.