William Stanley "Bill" Carpenter, Jr. (born September 30, 1937) is a retired American military officer and former college football player. While playing college football at the United States Military Academy, he gained national prominence as the "Lonesome End" of the Army football team. During his military service in the Vietnam War, he again achieved fame when he saved his company by directing airstrikes on his own position. For the action, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
|Born:||September 30, 1937|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||Springfield High School|
|Honors||1959 consensus All-American|
|Service/||United States Army|
|Awards||Distinguished Service Cross|
Carpenter. was born to William Stanley Carpenter, Sr. (1907–1945) and Helen Carpenter (née Sparks). Private First Class Carpenter, Sr. served in the U.S. Army as an ammunition bearer in the 393rd Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division and was killed in action in the Ruhr Pocket. He is interred in Margraten, Netherlands, at the Netherlands American Cemetery. Helen remarried and relocated the family to the Philadelphia area.
Carpenter married Toni M. Vigliotti in 1961 and had three children: William S. Carpenter III (1962), Kenneth Carpenter (1964), and Stephen Carpenter (1965).
While attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, Carpenter played as a split end on the football team, alongside Heisman Trophy-winning halfback and fellow combat infantryman Pete Dawkins. Carpenter earned the nickname the "Lonesome End" as a result of the team's tactic of aligning him near the far sideline and leaving him outside of huddles. He played on the undefeated 1958 West Point team, and in 1959, while team captain, was named an All-American. Legendary Army head coach Earl Blaik, who spent twenty years on the Army coaching staff, called Carpenter "the greatest end I ever coached at West Point."
Upon graduation, Carpenter was commissioned as an infantry officer and went on to serve at least two tours in Vietnam. In 1964, he was an adviser assigned to an airborne brigade of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. That unit came under heavy enemy fire immediately after being inserted by helicopter into a sugar cane field. Bill Carpenter was wounded by a gunshot through the arm while changing rifle magazines. His radio set was hit with another bullet and he was spun around and knocked to the ground. He proceeded to eliminate the source of the enemy fire, by knocking out a bunker with a hand grenade. For his actions he was awarded the Silver Star, the U.S. Army's third highest award for valor in combat.
In 1966, then Captain Carpenter's C Company, 2/502nd Parachute Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division took part in Operation Hawthorne, fighting North Vietnamese forces near Dak To on the Kontum plateau in the Central Highlands. As it maneuvered in an attempt to relieve Major David Hackworth's engaged 1/327th Infantry, C Company became isolated and in danger of being overrun. As the situation grew desperate, Carpenter radioed the battalion air traffic controller for a napalm airstrike on his own position: "We're overrun, they're right in among us. I need an air strike on my position." Several of his soldiers were wounded by the close air support, but it blunted the enemy attack and prevented the envelopment of his company. C Company was then able to consolidate and eventually break out. For his actions, he was again awarded the Silver Star, which was later upgraded to the U.S. Army's second highest wartime medal, the Distinguished Service Cross. Carpenter committed another act of heroism on February 1, 1967 at Tan Son Nhat airbase in Saigon when he carried an injured man to safety after a plane crashlanding. After a C-123 Provider military transport aircraft made a belly landing on the runway, Captain Carpenter "hoisted the injured man onto his shoulders and scampered from the gasoline-soaked plane."
In 1984, Carpenter went on to take command of the newly activated 10th Mountain Division and, finally, the Combined Field Army in Korea. He eventually retired as a lieutenant general and settled in Montana.
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Before the advent of two platoons, in which teams fielded distinct defensive and offensive units, players that lined up on the ends of the line on both offense and defense were referred to simply as "ends". The position was used in this sense until roughly the 1960s.On offense, an end who lines up close to the other linemen is known as a tight end and is the only lineman who aside from blocking can run or catch passes. One who lines up some distance from the offensive line is known as a split end. In recent years and the proliferation of the forward pass, the term wide receiver covers both split ends and flankers (wide receivers who line up in split positions but behind the line of scrimmage). The terms “split end” and “flanker” are often replaced today with terms like "X" and "Z" receivers. Bill Carpenter was the first "Lonesome end."
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William Carpenter (Australian politician) (1863–1930), Australian politician
William Carpenter (flat Earth theorist) (1830–1896), advocate of the Flat Earth theory
William Carpenter (painter) (1818–1899), watercolours of India
William Carpenter (Rhode Island) (c. 1610–1685), co-founder of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
William Carpenter (writer) (born 1940), American author
William Benjamin Carpenter (1813–1885), English physiologist and naturalist
William Boyd Carpenter (1841–1918), Church of England clergyman and bishop of Ripon
William H. Carpenter (1821–1885), U.S. Consul to Foochow, China, during the American Civil War years
William Henry Carpenter (philologist) (1853–1936), American philologist
William Hookham Carpenter (1792–1866), Keeper at British Museum
William J. Carpenter (1827–1921), West Virginia outdoorsman
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William Kyle Carpenter, (born 1989), Medal of Honor recipient
William L. Carpenter (1844–1898), U.S. Army officer, naturalist and geologist
William L. Carpenter (Michigan jurist) (1854–1936), member of the Michigan Supreme Court
William Marbury Carpenter (1811–1848), American physician and naturalist
William Randolph Carpenter (1894–1956), US Congressman
William S. Carpenter, Jr., better known as Bill Carpenter (born 1937), American football player and Army officer
William T. Carpenter, psychiatrist
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William J. Carpenter (April 17, 1827 - February 21, 1921) was a legendary West Virginia outdoorsman. He was said to have had "no equal" in skills at hunting and fishing, and to be the best long rifle marksman in his community in his younger years—his skill in hitting difficult targets in squirrel hunting earned him the nickname "Squirrely Bill."
Carpenter was a descendant of Jeremiah Carpenter, the first white man to settle in the upper Elk River valley, at or near the mouth of Holly River, in the year of 1784. His father was the first white child born in that section of Webster County, West Virginia, created from Greenbrier County, Virginia in 1788.
Carpenter's extended family is known for producing noteworthy raconteurs and musicians.
1959 College Football All-America Team consensus selections