The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*PENDLETON, JACK J.
Rank and Organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army,
Company I, 120th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division. Place and Date Bardenberg,
Germany, 12 October 1944. Entered Service at: Yakima, Wash. Birth: Sentinel
Butte, N. Dak. G.O. No.: 24, 6 April 1945.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty on 12 October 1944. When Company I was advancing on the town of Bardenberg,
Germany, they reached a point approximately two-thirds of the distance through the town
when they were pinned down by fire from a nest of enemy machineguns. This enemy strong
point was protected by a lone machinegun strategically placed at an intersection and
firing down a street which offered little or no cover or concealment for the advancing
troops. The elimination of this protecting machinegun was imperative in order that the
stronger position it protected could be neutralized. After repeated and unsuccessful
attempts had been made to knock out this position, S/Sgt. Pendleton volunteered to lead
his squad in an attempt to neutralize this strongpoint. S/Sgt. Pendleton started his squad
slowly forward, crawling about 10 yards in front of his men in the advance toward the
enemy gun. After advancing approximately 130 yards under the withering fire, S/Sgt.
Pendleton was seriously wounded in the leg by a burst from the gun he was assaulting.
Disregarding his grievous wound, he ordered his men to remain where they were, and with a
supply of handgrenades he slowly and painfully worked his way forward alone. With no hope
of surviving the veritable hail of machinegun fire which he deliberately drew onto
himself, he succeeded in advancing to within 10 yards of the enemy position when he was
instantly killed by a burst from the enemy gun. By deliberately diverting the attention of
the enemy machine gunners upon himself, a second squad was able to advance, undetected,
and with the help of S/Sgt. Pendleton's squad, neutralized the lone machinegun, while
another platoon of his company advanced up the intersecting street and knocked out the
machinegun nest which the first gun had been covering. S/Sgt. Pendleton's sacrifice
enabled the entire company to continue the advance and complete their mission at a
critical phase of the action.