SGT JACK J PENDLETON T-AK 276
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Keel Laid 15 April 1944 SS MANDAN VICTORY
Launched 26 May 1944
Delivered to WSA, 19 June 1944 for ops to Isthmian Steamship Co.
Laid up with the Nat. Def. Reserve Fleet December 1947
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USNS SGT. JACK J. PENDLETON earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 Campaign star and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.
NAMESAKE - Staff Sergeant Jack J. Pendleton, USA (31 March 1918 - 12 October 1944)
Pendleton, Company I, 120th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division, was killed in action after his company had been pinned down by heavy machine-gun fire in Bardenberg, Germany, on 12 October 1944. The enemy position was protected by another, lone machine gun which commanded an intersection in the approach to the stronger emplacement and which had to be taken before the unit could advance on the stronger position. After several unsuccessful attempts had been made against the gun at the intersection, Sgt. Pendleton and his squad began crawling forward, with the sergeant approximately 10 yards in advance of his men. Withering fire kept them low and, after advancing approximately 130 yards, Sgt. Pendleton was seriously wounded. He disregarded the wound, however; ordered his men to remain where they were; and, with a supply of hand grenades, began working his way forward alone. Drawing fire to himself, he had advanced to within 10 yards of his target when he was killed by a burst from the gun. His actions, however, had enabled others to move, undetected, into positions from which the machine gun was knocked out. For his sacrifice in drawing the enemy's fire, Sgt. Pendleton was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
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