Monday, June 6, 2016

PVT Walter Richard Pendle

courtesy of  Harvey Wolchan
PVT Walter Richard Pendle was born 30 Apr 1915 in Fieldsboro, New Jersey. He was the youngest of the 2 children born to Arthur S. and Gertrudge (Bolton) Pendle. His father worked in a pipe factory and, later, in an iron foundry.  Walter married Gladys Rose Osgood on 3 Jul 1938. He supported his family as a carpenter reporting a 1939 income of $1250. The couple had a son who was named for his father on 7 Mar 1942 but complications resulted in Gladys'  death the following day.

Walter was drafted in July 1943 despite his circumstances. We presume that Walter Junior was raised by Walter's sister or parents. After his basic military training, PVT Pendle was sent to England and assigned to F Company 116th Infantry in January 1944. That did not leave much time to train with his unit for the amphibious landing that was to take place as part of the invasion of occupied France. PVT Pendle was killed in action in that effort on 6 Jun 1944.

PVT Pendle rests forever in the Normandy American Cemetery.

Maternal uncle, PFC Byram Babbitt Bolton, was killed in France while serving with K Company 148th Infantry on 28 Sep 1918.

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