Captain Walton B. Pendleton, USN, (1897-1972)
Walton Barclay Pendleton was born in Arizona on 24 November 1897. Appointed
from that state to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1917, he graduated in June 1921 and
was commissioned in the rank of Ensign. He served in the battleship Texas into
1924, then was assigned to destroyers. Lieutenant Pendleton attended the Junior
Course at the Naval War College in 1929, followed by service at the Recruiting
Station at New Haven, Connecticut. During the 1930s, he was stationed at several
shore facilities and on a number of ships, ending the decade as Commanding
Officer of USS Tern (AM-31).
After the United States entered World War II, Pendleton received a temporary
promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. In December 1943, he placed the
new escort ship England in commission. In May 1944, while under his command, she
sank or helped to sink six Japanese submarines, an achievement that is unique in
U.S. Navy history. He was awarded the
Navy Cross for this feat
and was promoted to Commander. Upon leaving active duty in January 1947, he
received the retirement rank of Captain. Captain Walton B. Pendleton died at
Portsmouth, Virginia, on 9 December 1972.
A late World War II photograph, taken at Adak, Alaska, showing him wearing
the Navy Cross. The medal was presented to him for his role in sinking six
Japanese submarines in May 1944, while he was Commanding Officer of USS
England (DE-635). Click image to vie larger.
Mrs. Walton B. Pendleton's Pearl Harbor ID from
June 19, 1941
Walton B. Pendleton's Naval Academy Photograph
Photographed 15 August 1934.- Click for larger view.
Walton B. Pendleton's 1942 Dog Tag