SAN DIEGO - The most recent Medal of Honor recipient, Marine Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Sunday's Padres game.
Carpenter proudly saluted alongside the Padres as the national anthem was sung. As soon as the singing wrapped up, he made his way to the mound and then threw out the ceremonial first pitch to a cheering crowd.
"Those that have sacrificed since the beginning of our nation to get us where we are today and make this country free … it carries a lot of weight and it represents a lot, especially to me," he said.
On Thursday, Carpenter was awarded the Medal of Honor for an incredibly selfless act of courage during Operation Enduring Freedom. Carpenter shielded a fellow Marine from a grenade blast in November of 2010. He suffered severe injuries to his right arm and face and lost an eye.
He says accepting the medal came with mixed emotions.
"I'm very appreciative, I'm very honored and humbled by the award but at the same time I accept it with a heavy heart just knowing that there's so many that didn't make it back," he said.
Carpenter is the eighth survivor of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the Medal of Honor.