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Dale Eldon Christensen



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Buried at A.B.M.C. Manila

Born: May 31, 1920 at Cameron Township, IA

Entered Service in the US Army from Gray, IA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism July 16 - 19, 1944 at Driniumor River, New Guinea

Died:  August 04, 1944 at the age of 24

On 16 July, Second Lieutenant Christensen's platoon engaged in a savage fire fight in which much damage was caused by a well placed enemy machinegun. Christensen ordered his men to remain under cover while he crept forward alone and, at a range of 15 yards, destroyed it with hand grenades. Three days later, while attacking an enemy position strong in mortars and machineguns, his platoon was again pinned to the ground by intense fire. Ordering his men to remain under cover, he crept forward to locate the enemy automatic weapons and plan hi attack. His rifle was struck by enemy fire and knocked from his hands but he continued his reconnaissance, locating 5 enemy machineguns and destroying one with hand grenades. He then lead his men to a point selected for launching the attack and, calling encouragement, led the charge. This assault was successful and the enemy was driven from the positions with a loss of 4 mortars and 10 machineguns while leaving many dead on the field. On 4 August 1944, near Afua, Dutch New Guinea, Second Lieutenant Christensen was killed in action about two yards from his objective while leading his platoon in an attack on yet another enemy machinegun position.



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