In Memory of
Coast Guard Machinist’s Mate 2 Class
Maynard Julius Christensen
Vermillion, South Dakota
June 4, 1918 – July 14, 1945
Lost at Sea in the Atlantic
J. Christensen was born near Beresford, South Dakota, on June 4, 1918, the
youngest of eight children of Nielsine “Sena” and Julius Christensen; he had
three sisters and four brothers. Maynard and his siblings attended school at
Newdale in Clay County. His mother, Sena, died in 1941, causing Maynard and
another brother to stay home and help their father with the farming.
served as a machinist’s mate in the United States Coast Guard and was home on
leave in the summer of 1945, shortly before his death. On July 14, 1945, word
was received by Coast Guard Machinist’s Mate Second Class Maynard Christensen’s
family that during a mission, Maynard had
been washed overboard in the Atlantic and lost at sea. Maynard was 27 years old
at the time of his death. His niece, Darlene Ballard, was about eight years old
and still remembers when she was told of the tragedy.
is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at East Coast Memorial, New York City.
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Brandon Rosenau, 8th Grade West, Spearfish
Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, November 13, 2000 and updated 2002.
Information for this entry was provided by Mrs. Darlene Christensen Ballard of
Marcus, Iowa, niece of Maynard Christensen.