Command Sergeant Major Carol H Pender

1921 - 1967

The Sergeant Major came to Kemper Military School for service with the office of the Professor of Military Science in September 1962 and left for Viet Nam in March of 1965 where he became the senior enlisted advisor to the South Vietnamese 25th Infantry Division. He was a member of the Special Forces. He was discharged in the summer of 1966 and immediately employed by the US State Department as a civilian and was serving as a member of the Swiss medical team at the time of his death there in 1966.

Pender was born December 30th 1921in Indiana and was too young to enlist in the US Army in WW II and, as a result, served with the Canadian Army before becoming a prisoner of war as a result of combat action. He entered the US Army in 1948 and in February 1954 he went to Korea. He also served in Japan and in Germany. Many Kemper Old Boys recall Pender as the consummate soldier who was the epitome of what a soldier should not only look like but how he should conduct himself.

CSM Pender was one of only a handful of instructors who would entertain cadets with “war stories” which he delighted in telling from the podium. His experiences during WW II, Korea and Viet Nam were legendary.

Sadly missed by fellow soldiers, family, cadets and faculty of Kemper Military School.