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Bill Carpenter

Army’s Lonely End

Bill Carpenter’s Nomination for West Point’s Sports Hall of Fame is at the bottom of this page.

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Combining leadership, athletic ability, and charisma perhaps better than any Army player before or since, Bill Carpenter could easily be the poster boy for Army football. To be sure, I was not present at the creation, so I never witnessed in person the feats of other Army Greats of Carpenter’s stature (except the All Americans Pete Dawkins, Bob Anderson and Bob Novogratz) but I have seen much more than my share of Army games over the years, beginning in 1948, and have followed the careers of many of our greatest athletes. I am firm in my opinion of The Lonely End.

Why not start at the Army football record book where Bill’s name appears frequently?

First, the Teams he played on: 1958 and 1959. They went 12-4-2 against the likes of Boston College, Illinois, Penn State, Duke, Colorado State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Virginia, Pitt, Rice, Nebraska, and, of course, Air Force and Navy. Look elsewhere on this website for an explanation of Coach Blaik’s Lonely End offense but the record speaks for itself: two-season (18 games) total yards passing of over 3,000. This mark stood for 17 seasons. Number three nationally and Lambert Trophy winners in 1958.

Then his individual record. First Team Football All-American in 1959 and as a Lacrosse All American in 1960, he earned the Schmeissor Trophy as the outstanding defensive player of the year. It should be noted that he never played lacrosse prior to 1959. He played in North-South Shrine Football Game. Bill led Army in points scored, receptions, and kickoff return yards in 1959. Upon graduation, he held or was tied for the all-time Army records for most 100-yard receiving games, career yards receiving, and single season catches and yards receiving. I may have overlooked other records.

He was a Cadet Battalion Commander.

Naturally, he played both ways.

Bill Carpenter was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1982.

His military career surprised nobody in its success. It can be summarized easily — A Great Commander.

But the forgoing does not begin to explain what he meant to Army Football and the Corps of Cadets. I don’t think today’s Cadets are cognizant of dusty record books and ancient accomplishments even as they watch new records being set in front of their eyes. I know I wasn’t. Only later could what I saw be put in an historical context.

If the tipping point for me to apply to USMA was seeing the Cadet Glee Club on the Ed Sullivan Show, I can only imagine how many athletes considering the Academy were inspired by the sight of this handsome, well-spoken, humble, physically intimidating receiver standing casually 20 yards from the offensive huddle, hands on hips, exuding confidence, getting the play from the quarterback in some mystical manner, catching balls thrown to him, applying crushing downfield blocks; in short, leading his team.

It was thrilling and each of us always felt we would win when the Lonely End Offense was set in motion. He was someone who could rally us.

Did he catch passes against Navy with a separated shoulder? I don’t know. Legend says yes. Did Bud Wilkinson say that Bill Carpenter was the greatest player he ever saw? I don’t know. Did he toss a baked potato from one end of the Corps Squad Section of the Cadet Mess to the Poop Deck? Don’t know. Doesn’t matter.

(editor’s note – 1. It was against Oklahoma, that Bill had his upper arm taped against his side locking it in place, 2. Bill indicated he did not toss a Bake Potato — Greatness just promotes legend.)

His place as an all-time Army Great is secure as his accomplishments become even more impressive with the passage of the seasons.

by Dave Phillips – 62 Scribe & Class Sports Historian

And another Catch

Army Team Captain – Number 87 and members of the 1959 Team from Pennsylvania

William Stanley Carpenter, Jr


Class 1960

Company M-2

Home Town – Springfield, Pa.

Springfield High School

Date of Entry to Academy
3 July 1956

Date of Graduation
8 June 1960

Age at Graduation – 22

Cullum Number

Cadet Rank

– Corporal Cow Year

– Captain Firstie Year

Cadet Military Position

– Cadet Battalion Commander

Height – 6’2″

Weight – 210


– Football 4,3,2,1

– Track 4, 3

– Lacrosse 2,1

Coaches / Assistant Coaches

– Football Earl Blaik, Dale Hall

– Lacrosse Ace Adams

Football Team Captain

– Cow Year Pete Dawkins

– Firstie Year Bill Carpenter

Positions Played

– Football End

– Lacrosse Defense


– Plebe Numerials Football & Track

– Yearling Monogram Football & Track

– Cow Army A Football & Monogram Lacrosse

– Firstie Army A Football & Lacrosse

Team Recognition

– 1958 Football Lambert Trophy Ranked 3d in the Nation

– 1960 Lacrosse 3 way tie for 1st in the Nation

Individual Recognition

– Football All American 1959

– Lacrosse All American 1960

– 1960 Schmeisser Trophy as Outstanding Lacrosse Defense Player (editors note Bill never played Lacrosse till Spring of 1959)

– NCAA Football Hall of Fame

  • College Football – Army
  • – At Graduation
    Held or was tied for the all-time Army records for most 100-yard receiving games, career yards receiving, and single season catches and yards receiving

    Post Season Play
    – North-South Shrine Game

    Injuries — Jeep accident, missed 1/2 of Yearling Football Season


    – Pistol 4,3,2; Skeet; Ski; Handball; Sunday School Teacher 4,3;
    Portuguese 4

    Class Standing 195 + or minis 4

    Officer Assignment to the Academy

    1970 -73 Senior Infantry Instructor Office Military Instruction

    – Receiver Coach under Tom Cahill

    Bill coached “Joe Albano” Class of 1971 who ended up broking most of Bill’s receiving records

    His last 13 years of service included 33 months as a Brigade Commander, 2 Years as an Assistant Division Commander, 3 years as a Division Commander, 3 years as a Field Army Commander, and 15 months as a Theater J-3. Bill Carpenter never took the time to earn an advanced degree —

    “His Boots Were Always Muddy”

    Bill Carpenter’s actions in Vietnam earned him a recommendation for the Medal of Honor; he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.


    Bill Carpenter was an Army All American in Football and Lacrosse — He Gave as a Cadet and as a Soldier.

    The ties that bind Army Athletes

    In 1952, Cadet Joe Austin of the U.S. Military Academy Lacrosse Team used a six foot stick while playing crease attack. Joe made an all-time West Point record of ten goals in one game and had a career total of eighty goals for three years of play which (when the story was told) was still a school record. He was selected 1st team All-American at attack.

    In 1962, the then Captain Joe Austin of the United States Air Force, was an assistant coach of the Army Lacrosse Team. Bob Fuellhart ’62, the second Lonely End, (following Bill Carpenter) on the Football Team, was playing on the Army Lacrosse Team as a defense man. Bob became very distressed when his favorite stick was broken in scrimmage. Assistant Coach Joe Austin, who had treasured his six foot high scoring attack stick for ten years generously loaned it to Fuellhart.

    The head of the stick was much narrower than we liked for defensive use in those days but Bob felt that it helped his throwing and catching. (Today almost every defense stick has a head of this size which put Bobby much ahead of his time.) Appropriately, Fuellhart became first team All-American at close defense and won the Schmeisser Award as the outstanding defense man of 1962. Bill Carpenter was recipient of the Schmeisser Award in 1960.

    This would seem to be quite a rarity for two players Joe and Bob, in two opposite positions, ten years apart, utilizing the same stick to become outstanding players of their times. Both Joe Austin and Bob Fuellhart were killed in the Vietnam War in the mid 1960’s.

    Joe Austin, awarded 2 Silver Stars, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Purple Heart was first declared missing 19 March 1969, and confirmed Killed In Action 25 May 79.

    Bill Carpenter was nominated for the Medal of Honor received the Distinguished Service Cross.

    Bob Fuellhart, awarded a Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars (V), and Purple Heart, was Killed in Action 12 Aug 65, the day his daughter was born.

    A Half Century of Lacrosse by William H. (Dinty) Moore III, the long-time Lacrosse Coach at Navy. It was told to Moore by Army Coach Jim (Ace) Adams. Edited by Butch Darrell Captain 1962 Lacrosse Team

    Nomination West Point Sports Hall of Fame

    The purpose of the West Point Sports Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor the Academy’s greatest athletes.

    More than any other college sports hall of fame, the Academy’s should support West Point’s Mission for no other institution in America trains each of its graduates to walk in another’s land.

    The Mission of the United States Military Academy is to provide a cadre of officers dedicated to a career of service to this Nation.

    Attainment of Flag Rank meets that expectation.

    The Corps of Cadets is surrounded by and lives in the shadow of the Academy’s greatest military heroes.

    A Medal of Honor nomination is in that tradition.

    As Cadets we gave —

    As a member of the NCAA Football Hall of Fame; an All American in Football and Lacrosse, earning the Schmeissor Trophy as the outstanding defensive player of the year in Lacrosse; he stands with a very select group of West Point Athletes. Although the records he contributed to have long since been broken, as Football Team Captain against Oklahoma with one arm locked to his side from the elbow up — catching passes, returning kickoffs, and playing defense, exemplifies commitment.

    As soldiers we served —

    A career of dedicated service not only to this nation, but to the soldiers one leads demonstrates to the Corps of Cadets the expectation of each graduate. Attending only the absolutely required military schools, he spent nearly his entire military service leading America’s soldiers. His last 13 years of service included 33 months as a Brigade Commander, 2 Years as an Assistant Division Commander, 3 years as a Division Commander, 3 years as a Field Army Commander, and 15 months as a Theater J-3. His Boots Were Always Muddy.

    Our Nations highest honor for valor —

    Isolated on a hilltop, in command of a rifle company, facing insurmountable odds he led, resulting in his nomination for the Medal of Honor.

    If the Army Sports Hall of Fame does support the Academy — Bill Carpenter, Class of 1960, Army’s Lonely End belongs. He is an example of a great Cadet Athlete and Soldier.


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    Carpenter, a 1960 graduate, 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 in 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 achieved the rank of Lieutenant General and in 1966 was recommended for the nation’s highest military honors for gallantry and service in Vietnam. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

    Bob Anderson

    Col Blaik called Bob out of the barracks two nights before the Navy game and took him for a walk. Col Blaik told young Anderson he would be the key player against Navy. ”I was ready to run through a wall,” said Bob, who turned out to be the hero in a victory.



    As a yearling, Bob eclipsed the old Army rushing record by rushing for 983 yards in a nine-game season. The following year, the media guide revealed that Tommy Bell, ’55 had gained more yards in a season, but it had been heretofore unreported. That diminished Bob’s status not in the least, as he is one of the greatest players in Army football history.

    Comparing rushers today with Bob’s accomplishments is unfair for several reasons. One, Army only played nine games in a year. Two, there were not as many plays run in a game as there are today, because the clock was not stopped for first downs, and most college teams ran the ball more than they passed, thereby eating up the clock. Also, this was in the days before John McKay at USC decided to have his best back (O.J. Simpson) carry the ball on every play. Bob had to share running duties with other halfbacks, fullbacks, and even quarterbacks on option plays. Of course, players then were only permitted to play three years instead of four. And, there was one more thing. The Army offense then was designed to move only between the tackles. Carrying the ball a limited number of times in nine games and running in heavy traffic puts some perspective on Bob’s achievements.

    Bob had some offers for baseball college scholarships. As a pitcher for Cocoa High School, Cocoa, FL he was an All-State baseball selection. His baseball accomplishments pale by comparison to his football feats. His older brother John attended Georgia Tech, and made sure the coaches knew about Bob. But they already knew about him. As a high school All-State, All-Southeastern, and All-American football player, every coach in America knew about Bob. On his official visit to Georgia Tech, Bob didn’t have to sleep in a dorm. No, he was the guest of the dean, and stayed at the dean’s home. Bob gave a verbal commitment to Georgia Tech. Then, the call came from Army, through a friend of the brother of Army’s head recruiter -“Gordon ‘Slim’ Chalmers”. Bob’s family wasn’t poor, but they weren’t rich either, and Bob considered the benefit to them if he went to Army and they didn’t have to pay for any of his education. He called Coach Bobby Dodd at Georgia Tech.

    Coach Dodd was already a legend, and known for his class. He told Bob that if it was any other school than a service academy, he would hold him to his agreement, but since it was Army, he wished Bob the best of luck, and told him if he didn’t make it at Army, he was always welcome at Tech.

    Bob played in the outfield for the Army baseball team, and even pitched a few games. He was a good baseball player, but it was in football that he would become a legend.

    Bob was fast-very fast. And, he was cute, i.e. he could dodge and juke and swerve and cut with the best of them. He had that football player’s instinct that makes one react to the position and balance of defenders and use that information to instinctively chart his own course. But in the offense of Coach Earl Blaik, Bob’s role as a power runner running between the tackles was enormous. Bob just ran over people, and if he ran over a few and burst into the open, nobody could catch him. In the 1957 Army-Notre Dame game, Army returned the kickoff to the Army 16. Pete Dawkins gained three yards to the 19. Bob Anderson then took a pitch from Joe Caldwell running right on a sweep. The defensive end charged straight upfield to contain the sweep, and fullback “Vince Barta” took him outside. Bob cut inside the end, juked the safety, and roared 81 yards for a touchdown. As a yearling Bob was a consensus All-American.

    In Bob’s 2nd Class or Cow Year, Army was undefeated. COL Blaik’s new pro-style offense opened things up and Army dominated most opponents. One of the big reasons for Army’s success was the play of Bob Anderson who lined up behind Army’s All American Bob Novogratz. Bob did it all. He shared the punting duties, exhibited efficient and sometimes vicious defensive play, blocked for the other halfback and fullback by piling the end, tackle, and linebacker up in the middle, caught passes, threw passes, returned kicks, and carried the ball with the power and skill for which he was known. He was the leading rusher on this undefeated team, and the other halfback Pete Dawkins won the Heisman Trophy. Pete would be the first person to tell you that Bob was a big reason for his success. Bob was a consensus All-American for the second straight year.

    After the spring practice and before the players departed for summer training and leave, the coaches sent out letters to each player telling them what they needed to work on during the summer, like stance, blocking, receiving, etc. In spite of Bob’s success and undeniable ability, the coaches knew he had one glaring weakness. They told him he passed the ball poorly with his left-hand. (Bob is right-handed). The coaches knew you can’t improve on perfection, and they had a sense of humor about it. On summer leave, Bob hung a tire from a clothesline, and practiced running to his left and passing left-handed. He didn’t develop his skill to any great extent, but got so he could deliver the ball with accuracy at ten yards or so. On the first day of practice, Bob asked Joe Caldwell to pitch him the ball running left, and he told end “Don Usry” to run a ten yard out pattern. Having completed the only left-handed pass of his career, Bob returned to the huddle, and asked “Tom Harp”, offensive backfield coach, “How’s my left-handed passing now?”

    Following Army’s successful 1958 campaign, a preseason ranking of number two was widely publicized. Illinois, in our second game, scored early with an offense previously unseen. But Army came back after being down 14-0. Bob fielded a punt, and started up the field. Illinois’ great linebacker, Bill Burrell, zeroed in on Bob, and Bob set him up. With the balance of Burrell to his left, Bob could easily cut back to his left and beat the tackle. When Bob set his foot, something bad happened in his right knee and he was unable to cut. He took a hard hit, but the damage had been done before the hit. Bob played the rest of the game, but it was his injury that cost Army the game. Late in the contest, trying to receive a punt, Bob suddenly collapsed when his knee locked, and the ball inadvertently hit him. Illinois recovered and won the game, 20-14.

    The diagnosis on Bob’s knee was a torn cartilage (medial meniscus), and the treatment at that time was an open surgery that was season-ending. The alternative was just running on it and grinding it up. Bob elected the latter. He missed just one game, Penn State, but was back again for Duke, where he was instrumental in the win with his solid all-round play.

    Bob finished the year playing with incredible pain and injuries that would sideline most players. But he was more than effective even though he was hurt. Deprived of a third All-American berth, Bob nonetheless played in the North-South Shrine game in Miami with his teammates Joe Caldwell and Bill Carpenter – Army’s Lonely End. He returned to West Point for a knee operation, and then a second before graduation.

    If you were going to build a great running back from scratch, you might want to start with Bob Anderson. He was 6’2″, 220 lbs., with a bull neck, big shoulders, slim hips, and powerful legs. Those slightly bowed legs meant the boy could run.

    In the autumn of 1960, Bob was preparing to start Ranger school at Ft. Benning, when he met a sergeant who was a member of the cadre, and they made a bet on the World Series. When Bill Mazerowski hit a home run for the Pirates, Bob was out ten bucks. The following day, during testing to see who would be admitted to Ranger school, the same sergeant demonstrated the dodge, run and jump, and did it within the qualifying time. He then asked Bob if he wanted to get his money back. Answering in the affirmative, the sergeant said, “Then, beat my time”. Bob dodged the first obstacles and leaped over the six foot ditch to the obstacles on the other side. When his right foot hit the ground at the end of his leap, his right knee collapsed, and he was through for the day. Told by the Ranger School Commandant that he would have to join the next class, Bob said if he couldn’t go through the class with his classmates, he would forget about Ranger School. The Commandant offered a deal. Just successfully complete the mile run the next day, and he could proceed to ranger training with his class. Running at the back of the formation, Bob completed the run in spite of the pain, then passed the rigorous training and got his Ranger tab.

    In the summer of 1962, Bob was with his Rifle Company from Ft. Campbell, helping to train cadets at Camp Buckner. The Commandant of Cadets, BG Richard Stilwell approached Bob and asked him how his knee was doing. Bob told him it wasn’t doing very well, although he had been to the docs at Ft. Campbell six times and they could find no problem. That afternoon, Bob got a call from General Stilwell’s aide who said that Bob had an appointment at the West Point hospital as soon as he could get there. Diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), Gen. Stilwell had Bob reassigned to West Point. Bob had been jumping out of airplanes, training in the field and functioning well as a junior officer for two years with a torn ACL Following the surgery, Bob was assigned to the football team under Coach Paul Dietzel, helping to coach, and doing his rehab along the way.

    On one occasion, Dietzel sent Bob to a high school in Haverstraw to speak. Also speaking was Frank Gifford. Gifford asked Bob if he was interested in playing for the New York Giants. Bob had not heard from the Giants since graduation three years before. Receiving a call from the Giant’s owner, Wellington Mara, they planned to meet at the Giant’s office after Bob’s duty on Saturday. Bob and Mara were the only ones there, and Bob expressed his doubts about playing, because he had been out of the game for almost four years, and had had three knee operations since he last played. Also, Bob didn’t know if he could get out of the Army, and he was expecting orders for an airborne brigade in Germany any day. After a crude and comical negotiation, Bob signed a one year, no-cut contract for more than six times his Army pay. Mara assured Bob that the contract would be torn up if Bob’s resignation was not accepted, but it was accepted and Bob was a New York Giant.

    Training camp went well for Bob, and he scored a touchdown in an exhibition game against the Rams. Still, he wasn’t getting as much playing time as he had hoped. Then, he read in the newspaper that the Giants had traded for Hugh McElhenie, an aging former great running back. That night after practice, Coach Allie Sherman met with Bob and assured him that he was still “their guy”. Relieved by Sherman’s assurance, Bob practiced hard all week and was released at the end of it. He was no longer a Giant. His years away from football and his knee problems had been too much to overcome.

    Some players show flash and savagery that makes them stand out in the crowd. But that was not Bob. Bob simply did everything well. He carried the ball better than anyone else, he blocked everyone he was supposed to block (and some others, too), he punted well, passed well, caught passes well, and excelled at returning kicks. When Army decided to add a quick kick to their arsenal, there was no doubt who would do it. Bob practiced taking the direct snap, but the plan was never called for. On defense, he tackled with certainty at every opportunity, and no one caught any passes in his territory. He just did his job better than anyone else. Every time.

    Above all else, Bob was (and is) a nice guy. He was helpful to all the young players, never criticized a teammate, and was friendly, modest, and self-effacing. And boy, could he play football.

    In 2004, Bob was elected to the NCAA Hall of Fame, joining teammates Pete Dawkins and Bill Carpenter. It was a long time coming, but no one ever deserved it more.

    By Tom Culver ’62 a Team mate

































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