In Memory of
Army Corp.
Robert Louis Christensen
Fedora, South Dakota
Miner County
November 15, 1921 -- March 30, 1943
Killed in Action in North Africa

Robert Louis Christensen

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.