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First Name: Charles

Last Name: Pendleton

Birthplace: Camden, TN, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Fort Worth, TX
Middle Name: Frank

Date of Birth: 26 September 1931

Date of Death: 17 July 1953

Rank: Corporal

Years Served: 1951 - 1953
Charles Frank Pendleton

•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


Charles F. Pendleton
Corporal, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
Korean War

Charles Frank Pendleton was born on 26 September 1931 at Camden, TN. He was a Corporal in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on 16-17 July 1953.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company D, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division

Place and date: Near Choo Gung-Dong, Korea, 16-17 July 1953

Entered service at: Fort Worth, TX


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 machine gun 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 machine gun 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.

Other Medals

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Pendleton was awarded the Purple Heart.

Death and Burial

Corporal Charles F. Pendleton was killed in action on 17 July 1953. He is buried at Laurel Land Memorial Park, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, TX, Section C, Lot 31, Space 11 GPS (latitude/longitude): 32.38753, -97.20918.

Honoree ID: 1218   Created by: MHOH




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