In Memory of
U.S. Army Sgt.
William L. Christensen
March 1923-April 8, 1944
Killed in Action near Hainan Island
William L. Christensen was born in March 1923, to Mr. and Mrs. Louie
Christensen. He grew up on his grandfatherís homestead near Milltown, SD, and
was the third generation to attend the Stainbrook School.
William joined the armed forces on November 9,1942, and received his training
at Gulfport, Mississippi, and North American Aviation School at Englwood, CA.
William worked as a mechanic in Kansas City, Missouri, on planes that had been
in combat. He then went to Georgia and South Carolina. From there he left on
February 17, 1944, to Brazil and from there to China.
He was reported missing April 8, 1944, when he left with two army bombers
(B-25) in the 491 Bomber Squadron and 341 Bomber Group, which were attacked by
seven Japanese planes off the southeast coast of Hainan Is. U.S. Army Air Force
Sgt. William Christensen was reported officially dead by the Adjutant General on
Williamís body was never found, but he is honored at the Honolulu Memorial in
Honolulu, Hawaii. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his bravery.
We will always remember the courage and sacrifice that U.S. Army Air Force
Sgt. William L. Christensen gave our country.
This entry was respectfully
submitted by Hope Jahn and Allison Fink, 7th Grade Tripp-Delmont
School, Tripp, SD, January 28, 2002. Information for this entry was provided
by John V. Mechtenberg, P.O. Box 668, 107 South Lafayette, Parkston, SD 57366,
and the Parkston Advance, Parkston, SD, 57366.