YORKTOWN, N.Y. – A ceremony dedicating a portion of Route 118 in memory of Major Clayton Carpenter, a Lakeland High School graduate who was killed in a January 2014 training mission, will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, near the intersection of Route 118 and Route 202.
The portion of road, named the “Army Major Clayton Carpenter Memorial Highway,” will begin at the intersection of Route 118 and Underhill Avenue and end at the intersection of Route 118 and Route 202. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Terrence Murphy and former Assemblyman Steve Katz, was signed Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Carpenter, born Aug. 12, 1983, graduated fifth in his class from Lakeland High School in 2001. Carpenter graduated from West Point in June 2005 with a degree in engineering psychology. After he was commissioned as a second lieutenant, Carpenter was assigned to Fort Rucker, Ala. for training. After completing the aviation officer basic course, he was assigned to the Second Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment at Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom between 2006 and 2008.
Carpenter racked up numerous awards and decorations during his military career, including the Meritorious Service Award, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and NATO Medal.
Carpenter was killed Jan. 15, 2014, in a training-related incident at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga. Carpenter was a special operations helicopter platoon leader assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regimen (SOAR).
At the time of his death, Clayton Carpenter was a captain. He was posthumously promoted by the Army to major and awarded another Meritorious Service Medal. Earlier this year, he was inducted into the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame.