Sep. 15, 2022

HARRISBURG – Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) was recently joined by several other public officials, family and friends to honor decorated U.S. Army veteran William G. Carpenter by naming a section of Route 72 in Lebanon County in his name. 

Carpenter served our country in Vietnam with valor. Bearing the scars of his heroic service in Vietnam in which he was wounded several times and saved the life of another badly wounded serviceman, Carpenter returned home to a life of public service in Lebanon County. He served 16 years on Cornwall Borough Council and 24 years as a Lebanon County commissioner before retiring at the age of 65. He said he enjoyed his years of service but wanted to step aside to give younger generations the opportunity he had to lead and serve.

“For Bill’s exemplary service to his country and his community, I sponsored legislation that became part of Act 23 of 2022. It names a portion of Route 72 from the Lancaster/Lebanon County line to the Lebanon city line at North Cornwall Township as the William G. Carpenter Highway,” Ryan said.

Ryan, Lebanon County Commissioners and others shared their admiration for Carpenter and told how he touched their lives over the years. Former state Sen. Chip Brightbill credited Carpenter for his early success in politics and thanked him for it. He said the road dedication is an honor Carpenter greatly deserves.

Carpenter was awarded the Silver Star for his heroism in Vietnam, but Ryan is leading an effort to get it upgraded to a Medal of Honor. “In combat, Bill was wounded twice on his way to rescue a wounded comrade. He continued the rescue despite coming under heavy machinegun fire and being shot two more times. His actions were courageous and selfless, and worthy of our nation’s highest military honor,” he said.

At the ceremony, Carpenter’s wife, Denyse, joined Ryan in unveiling the new road sign bearing her husband’s name. It is rare for a road, bridge or other landmark to be named for an individual who is still living. Carpenter said he is humbled and grateful for the honor and for having the opportunity to enjoy the experience with his family.

To watch excerpts from the ceremony, click here.

Representative Frank Ryan
101st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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