Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
September 26, 1931 at Camden, TN
Service in the US Army from Fort Worth, TX
17, 1953 at the age of 21
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism
July 16 & 17, 1953 at Choo
consolidating and establishing a defensive perimeter on a key
terrain feature, friendly elements were attacked by a large
hostile force. Corporal 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. A
second wave of hostile soldiers moved forward in an attempt to
overrun the position and, later, when a hostile grenade landed
nearby, Corporal Pendleton quickly retrieved and hurled it back
at the foe. Although he was burned by the hot shells ejecting
from his weapon and was wounded by a grenade, he refused
evacuation and continued to fire on the assaulting force. When
his machinegun was destroyed by a grenade, undaunted, he grabbed
a carbine and continued his heroic defense until mortally
wounded by a mortar burst.