In Memory of
Army, Private First Class
Charles E. Christensen
Viborg, South Dakota
July 7, 1920 - December 15, 1944
Killed in Action at Lisdorf, Germany
Charles E. Christensen was born July 7, 1920, on the
family’s farm outside of Viborg, South Dakota. His parents, Edwin H. and
Catherine J. Christensen, sent Charles to school in Viborg where he completed 12
years of schooling. Following that he farmed with his father until he was
drafted into the army during August of 1942.
After being drafted into the Army in Turner County, Private
Christensen received two years of training at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas before
receiving additional training at Camp Swift in Texas, Louisiana, California, and
Pennsylvania. On August 6, 1944, Private Christensen was sent overseas to
Germany. The rank he held was of a Private, First Class. He served in General
Patton’s army, 95th Division, Company M., 378th Infantry.
On December 15, 1944, Army Private First Class Charles E. Christensen, along
with his fellow comrades, attempted to cross the Seine River in an overloaded
boat during a flood. On May 9, 1945, Mr. Edwin H. Christensen received this
letter of regret:
It is with
profound regret that I confirm the recent telegram informing you of the
death of your son, Private First Class, Charles E. Christensen, 37,451,002
who was previously reported missing in action on 15 December 1944 in Germany…
Private Christensen was originally buried in Luxemburg,
Germany and later transported to the Baptist Cemetery in Viborg, South Dakota.
The only surviving relatives of Private Christensen are brother Delano
Christensen of Yankton, South Dakota, and sister Correne Hofer of Toledo, Ohio.
Charles E. Christensen was a great soldier who gave his
life for the United States. He will always be remembered as a hero.
This entry was
respectively submitted by Erin McDonald, 11th grade, Parker High
School, April 30, 2002. Mr. Delano Christensen, Yankton, South Dakota, brother
of Private First Class Charles E. Christensen, and an application for the South
Dakota Veteran’s Bonus provided the information for this entry.