Pendleton, Charles F., Cpl

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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
4745-Light Machine Gunner or Crewman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1953-1953, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1951 - 1953

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Home State
Tennessee
Tennessee
Year of Birth
1931
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Camden

Casualty Date
Jul 17, 1953
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Korea, South
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 3rd Infantry Division


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the Purple HeartLegion Of Valor
  1953, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1953, Legion Of Valor [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

Rifle
Machine Gun

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1951, Basic Training (Camp Barkeley, TX)
 Unit Assignments
2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment
  1953-1953, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division
  1953-1953, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1953-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)/Outpost Battles (Vegas - Reno - Carson)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity




 *PENDLETON, CHARLES F.

Rank and organization: Corporal. U.S. Army, Company D, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Choo Gung-Dong, Korea, 16 and 17 July 1953. Entered service at: Fort Worth, Tex. Born: 26 September 1931, Camden, Tenn.

Citation

Cpl. Pendleton, a machine gunner with Company D, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. After consolidating and establishing a defensive perimeter on a key terrain feature, friendly elements were attacked by a large hostile force. Cpl. Pendleton delivered deadly accurate fire into the approaching troops, killing approximately 15 and disorganizing the remainder with grenades. Unable to protect the flanks because of the narrow confines of the trench, he removed the machinegun from the tripod and, exposed to enemy observation, positioned it on his knee to improve his firing vantage. Observing a hostile infantryman jumping into the position, intent on throwing a grenade at his comrades, he whirled about and killed the attacker, then inflicted such heavy casualties on the enemy force that they retreated to regroup. After reorganizing, a second wave of hostile soldiers moved forward in an attempt to overrun the position and, later, when a hostile grenade landed nearby, Cpl. Pendleton quickly retrieved and hurled it back at the foe. Although he was burned by the hot shells ejecting from his weapon, and he was wounded by a grenade, he refused evacuation and continued to fire on the assaulting force. As enemy action increased in tempo, his machinegun was destroyed by a grenade but, undaunted, he grabbed a carbine and continued his heroic defense until mortally wounded by a mortar burst. Cpl. Pendleton's unflinching courage, gallant self-sacrifice, and consummate devotion to duty reflect lasting glory upon himself and uphold the finest traditions of the military service.

   
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