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LT. GENERAL BILL CARPENTER - SIGNATURE(S) - HFSID 305629

 
LIEUTENANT GENERAL WILLIAM "BILL" CARPENTER
Signature of the West Point football and Vietnam combat hero
Signature: "Bill Carpenter", 5x3 card. William "Bill" Carpenter (b. 1937) starred as Army's "lonesome end" on the undefeated 1958 football team, a teammate of Heisman Trophy-winning halfback Pete Dawkins. In 1959, Carpenter was named an All-American. He was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame (1982). Carpenter's greatest heroics, however, came during his two tours in Vietnam. In 1964, as an advisor to a South Vietnamese airborne brigade, he took out an enemy position which had penned down his unit in a sugar cane field, winning a Silver Star for an action in which he was wounded twice. In 1966, as a company commander in the 101st Airborne Division, he called in a napalm strike on his own position to blunt an enemy attack and permit his unit's withdrawal. For this he earned a second Silver Star, later upgraded to a Distinguished Service Cross. (Only the Medal of Honor exceeds the DSC and Silver Star as wartime honors.) Carpenter later commanded the 10th Mountain Division, and finally the Combined Field Army in Korea, retiring as a lieutenant general. Pencil notes (unknown hand) on verso. Fine condition.


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LT. GENERAL BILL CARPENTER
Born: November 30, 1937 in Springfield, Pennsylvania




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