In Memory of
Army Technician Fifth Grade
Andrew Carstensen
St. Onge, South Dakota
Lawrence County
December 25, 1919 – January 15, 1944
Drowned at New Georgia Island, New Guinea

Andrew Carstensen

Andrew Carstensen was born on December 25, 1919, at Terraville, Lawrence County, South Dakota, to Chris and Ethel Carstensen.  He had a brother, Walter.

The family lived and farmed northwest of St. Onge. 

Andrew Carstensen was inducted and entered active duty on March 20, 1942, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He left the United States for foreign service on December 29, 1942. On February 29, 1944, his family received a letter from the War Department, which said, in part:

Reference is made to my telegram and letter of 16 and 20 January,
respectively, informing you that your son, Andrew Carstensen, 37, 152,
610, died on 15 January 1944 on New Georgia Island as a result of
drowning….

At the time of his death, Andrew Carstensen was a technician fifth grade and a member of Company B, 578th Signal Automatic Weapons Battalion. After the war, Andrew’s body was returned to the United States, and he is buried in Section 3, Lot 89, Grave 3, of the Whitewood Cemetery.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator, Spearfish, SD.  Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment and the RC Journal, 1/20/44 and 3/13/44 issues.