Carpenter said he doesn't remember the moments leading up to the attack, but endured more than 30 surgeries and 2 1/2 years of rehabilitation.

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A luncheon honored three South Carolinians who sacrificed serving our nation's military. Two of them were killed during their service, but one of them is getting the nation's highest award for bravery.

Army Spcl. Ember M. Alt was killed in Afghanistan June 2013, according to a news release issued for the event. Capt. James Chaffin was killed in Afghanistan this past April, according to the release, and each of their families was given a state flag at the event.

"I'm very honored to be here to have my daughter remembered," said Jennifer Owens, the mother of Ember Alt. "Each time her name is spoken, she will never be forgotten."

Owens became overtaken with emotion when she was brought in front of the room and presented with the Flag of South Carolina.

"She was another child who was lost, and they should all be remembered," Owens said.

Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, the only living military member honored Wednesday, attended.

Carpenter threw himself on a grenade while under Taliban attack on a rooftop while on duty in Afghanistan in 2010. His flag came after he was airlifted from that rooftop after being pronounced PEA, or patient expired on arrival, according to a statement he made in a video released detailing a portion of his story.

He was fighting alongside Lance Cpl. Nick Eufrazio, who lived after the attack.

He lost his right eye, his ear drums were blown, he lost many of his teeth, part of his jaw, his right lung collapsed, and shrapnel from the grenade entered his body.

Carpenter said he doesn't remember the moments leading up to the attack, but endured more than 30 surgeries and 2 1/2 years of rehabilitation.

"From the moment Marine recruits step on the yellow footprints, for the 13 weeks that we're at boot camp, it's ingrained to us that there's a bigger purpose," Carpenter said.

Carpenter was also honored by the state senate Wednesday afternoon.

But perhaps his biggest honor comes next month when he will receive the Medal of Honor, the nations highest honor for bravery, from the President.

"I'll accept hero," Carpenter said, "I'm very appreciative and humbled by that, but I don't feel anymore of a hero than everybody else that wears the cloth of our nation."

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