State Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Twp., worked with state Sen. Steve Wilson, R-Maineville, to get the memorial sign designation for Carpenter.
“With people like Sgt. Carpenter, you learn really quick what heroism really is,” he said.
Coley apologized that he did not get this done sooner and said the sign should spur travelers to look up information on Carpenter.
“They’ll see a hero and a role model that they can look up to and they can model their life after. Not some athlete or musician or some phony-baloney politician but someone who lived on this planet and gave all for this country,” Coley said. “Let these signs serve as a reminder for future generations of what heroism looks like.”
Robert Carpenter, Carpenter’s younger brother, said the dedication ceremony, “was a few years coming. I did it for the family and I’m very proud. I don’t know how I feel. I was a kid when he got killed and I wanted to honor him.”
Following a 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps” by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post, Carpenter’s family took photos with the new sign as a Middletown street crew erected it on Ohio 122 just east of Wicoff Street. The other sign noting the designation was placed just west of Towne Boulevard.
Carpenter, who was from Madison Twp., known by locals as West Middletown, was living in Warren County when he enlisted in 1959 into the Army. Robert Carpenter said they always called Middletown and Madison Twp. home.
Robert Carpenter was 15 when his brother was killed and has worked for more than a decade on the memorial designation.
Charles Carpenter is survived by three daughters.