In Memory of
Robert Louis Christensen
Fedora, South Dakota
November 15, 1921 -- March 30, 1943
Killed in Action in North Africa
Robert Louis Christensen was born November 15, 1921, to
Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Christensen at Fedora, South Dakota. Robert attended grade
school and graduated from Fedora High School in 1939. While in school, Robert
was very active in school activities. After graduation, Robert attended Eastern
Normal in Madison, SD. He enlisted in the National Guards, Company A, 109th
Engineers in September of 1939. His company was activated on February 10, 1941,
and was then sent to Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, for training.
On December 21, 1941, Cpl. Christensen arrived home on
leave and two days later married Esther Flemming of Parkston, South Dakota. On
December 31, 1941, Cpl. Christensen was called back to duty and soon shipped
overseas to the European theater of operations.
Corp. Robert Christensen arrived in Northern Ireland on
January 26, 1942; in December of 1943, Christensen was moved to service in North
Africa. There he engaged in “continuous active service,” until his death.
Corporal Robert Louis Christensen was killed in action March 30, 1943, in the
North African Campaign.
Robert Christensen was the first to enlist and the first
to perish from the Fedora area. He was remembered in a poem by a classmate,
which said in part: “God had it in his record book,/March 30th was
the day./The place was in North Africa,/So many miles away./We’ll miss Bob very
much;/But he has crossed the bay./To die proudly fighting for his country,/For
God had set that day.”
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Leiann Spain, 8th Grade West, Spearfish,
South Dakota, December 10, 2000. Information for this entry was provided by a
newspaper clipping provided by Alice Peterson of Fedora, SD.