On Monday, state and city leaders joined hundreds of community members to dedicate a portion of "A" street to one of Yakima's War Heroes.
YAKIMA, WA -- NBC right now with an update on a story we've been tracking for months. On Monday, state and city leaders joined hundreds of community members to dedicate a portion of "A" street to one of Yakima's War Heroes.
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Jack James Pendelton is Yakima's only Medal of Honor recipient.
"What he did was not a surprise to us because he was the type of a man that thought of other people," said Janet Shea, Pendelton's niece.
From a young age, Pendelton's family said he was a man who only thought of others.
"He was a wonderful man," said Shea. "He had to quit school. His dad died very young and left his mom with younger children, and he worked in a grocery store until the war."
His generosity carried over to the battlefield when he sacrificed his life during World War II. He ordered his troops to stay back as he made his way within ten yards of the enemy position. All the while, drawing machine gun fire to himself so the rest of his squad could advance and complete their mission. On Monday, the city renamed a portion of "A" street to honor the war hero.
"I think it's a great honor to have a street named after you," said Roy Marsh, a Veteran. "I wish that Jack was here to represent himself."
"There is so many things that is named after him, and it just tightens you up inside," said Shea.
Pendelton was 26-years-old when he was killed on the battlefield in Germany. He's buried at Tahoma Cemetery in Yakima.