William Stanley Carpenter Jr.
William Stanley Carpenter Jr.

Class of 1960

A member of the West Point Class of 1960, Bill Carpenter, played three seasons of varsity football and earned national acclaim as the Black Knights' "Lonely End" when legendary coach Earl "Red" Blaik unveiled his innovative offensive alignment in 1958.

A first team All-America choice in 1959, Carpenter graduated with an Academy-record 65 career receptions, 20 more than previous standard-bearer and fellow Hall of Famer Glenn Davis (45). Carpenter became the first Army receiver to surpass 1,000 yards receiving with 1,044 yards during his tenure.

A captain of the 1959 squad, Carpenter set a single-season yardage mark his final season with 591 yards. He was inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1982, was awarded the Distinguished American of the Year honor by the Walter Camp Football Foundation in 1984 and was presented with the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award a year later.

Carpenter was also a standout on the lacrosse field, being named a first team All-American in 1960 and a Schmeisser Memorial Cup honoree as the nation's top defenseman.

Carpenter achieved the rank of Lieutenant General and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.