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Charlotte, N.C. (WJZY) -- Tuesday we introduced you to a former Army soldier living in Charlotte who will receive the Medal of Honor next month.

This Thursday, Caroline Fountain spoke with the soldier's brother in arms who says he wouldn't be alive if it weren't for his friend's heroic efforts.

"It all happened so fast, you don't really have time to really think about it," said Kain Schilling.

Kain is a former Army soldier who was deployed to Afghanistan at the same time as our Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Kyle J. White.

He tells us how Kyle helped save his life when they were under Taliban attack in November 2007.

"I was shot, moved a little bit to get on the ground. Kyle came down from his cover to come and get me. In the meantime, he was getting shot at. You could see the ricochets. He came down to me and stopped the bleeding," said Schilling.

He says Kyle then went to another fallen soldier to try and help him as well.

"The thing that amazes me the most is Kyle and I were really good friends before this. When he did everything he could to save me, I hope he knows I'd do the same for him."

"Kyle put his life on the line multiple times for Sgt. Bocks, who we didn't know as well. He does this every day: puts others before himself every day," said Schilling.

Now five years after the attack, both men have retired from the Army and live civilian lives.

"I have a family now so he'll come and visit about once a year. We'll talk or text everyday. We're still extremely close," Schilling

A friendship based on brotherhood can only be found fighting between life and death.

"You can never repay someone who saved your life and did so much for you. We're best friends. We give each other crap all the time. I'm just glad he's finally being recognized with this award," said Schilling.

His friend Kyle J. White will be the seventh living recipient of the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Afghanistan since 2001. Kain will be there next month as his friend receives the medal.

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