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PENDLETON, CHARLES F.

PENDLETON, CHARLES F. (1931–1953). Charles F. Pendleton, Medal of Honor recipient, was born at Camden, Tennessee, on September 26, 1931. He entered the military service at Fort Worth, Texas. On July 16 and 17, 1953, he was a machine-gunner with Company D, Fifteenth Infantry Regiment, Third Infantry Division, near Choo Gung-Dong, Korea. There he distinguished himself by "conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty." Corporal Pendleton and his unit had established a defensive position on a key terrain feature, when they were attacked by a strong enemy force. Pendleton fired on the approaching troops, killing fifteen and disorganizing the remainder with grenades. To improve his position he removed his machine gun from its tripod and, exposed to enemy observation, positioned it on his knee. He killed an enemy soldier about to throw a grenade and inflicted such heavy casualties on the enemy forces that they withdrew to regroup. During a second attack Pendleton retrieved a grenade that landed nearby and returned it to the foe. Although burned by hot shell casings ejected from his weapon and wounded by a grenade, he refused evacuation. After his machine gun was destroyed by a grenade he grabbed a carbine and continued fighting until he was mortally wounded. He is buried in Laurel Land Memorial Cemetery, Fort Worth.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Committee on Veterans' Affairs, United States Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients, 1863–1973 (Washington: GPO, 1973).

Art Leatherwood

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Art Leatherwood, "PENDLETON, CHARLES F.," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fpebr), accessed December 19, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.