War hero to get street dedication, ceremony
HUNTINGTON - A Huntington native whose World War II experiences played a role in the best-selling book and television miniseries “Band of Brothers” will be honored this weekend with a ceremony and street dedication.
The city will honor the life and legacy of the late 1st Lt. Carwood Lipton during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30, at Beverly Hills United Methodist Church.
“I think it’s rather fitting that we do it this weekend before the Fourth of July,” said Bryan Chambers, the city’s communications director. “It’s a good way to pay respect not just to Carwood Lipton but to all West Virginia veterans who have fought valiantly and given their all.”
Chambers said the city was approached months ago by representatives with U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins’ office regarding the recognition of Lipton. They have since been working with family members of Lipton as well as local veterans organizations in order to put the event together.
“Carwood Lipton’s story was memorialized in HBO’s ‘Band of Brothers,’ but here in West Virginia, we remember him as a son, a brother, a father - and a hero,” Jenkins said.
Two of Lipton’s sons, Cliff and Thomas Lipton, are expected to attend and speak during the ceremony, in addition to Huntington Mayor Steve Williams and Jenkins.
Following the ceremony, weather permitting, Chambers said the city will unveil a sign along Linden Circle, in the Beverly Hills neighborhood, designating the road as Lt. Carwood Lipton Circle.
“This renaming effort came about after two constituents contacted me to ask how we could do more to recognize Lt. Lipton’s service and make sure his story continues to be told,” Jenkins said. “Linden Circle was where Carwood
bought his first home after returning from World War II, and on Saturday, we’ll rename it (Lt.) Carwood Lipton Circle so his legacy will live on here in Huntington.”
Chambers said Lipton is buried at Woodmere Cemetery, which is just over the hill from Linden Circle.
Lipton is remembered most as a member of the U.S. Army’s Easy Company (Company E, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division).
By the end of World War II, the company had earned the reputation for being one of the toughest and most dependable outfits in the Army.
Following the war, Lipton returned to Huntington, where he earned a degree from Marshall University and later went to work for Owens-Illinois, a glass factory in Huntington.
Lipton’s unit received national attention in 1992 when Stephen Ambrose’s book “Band of Brothers” made the best-seller list. The book was turned into a television miniseries and aired in 2001 shortly before Lipton’s death. He was 81.