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Route 118 Stretch In Yorktown Dedicated To Fallen Soldier

Major Clayton Carpenter of Cortlandt Manor
Major Clayton Carpenter of Cortlandt Manor Photo Credit: File

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - A portion of Route 118 in Yorktown was dedicated to the memory of a fallen soldier who graduated from Lakeland High School who died in a training mission in 2014.

For three hours Saturday morning, Route 118 was closed between Downing Drive and Underhill Avenue as the section of road between Underhill Avenue and the Route 202 intersection was dedicated to Army Major Clayton Carpenter Memorial Highway.

A Lakeland High School and West Point graduate, Carpenter - who grew up in Cortlandt Manor - earned numerous awards during his military career before being killed in a training accident in Savannah, Ga. while acting as a special operations helicopter platoon leader.

A procession and ceremony honoring Carpenter and his service began at 9 a.m., stepping off at the Kear Street and Route 118 intersection, with the ceremony held further up the roadway, north of Underhill Avenue.

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