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Stanley Reuben Christianson

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U.S. Marine Corps
Medal Of Honor, Korea

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In the early morning hours Private First Class Christianson was manning one of the several listening posts covering approaches to the platoon area when the enemy commenced the attack. PFC Christianson quickly sent another marine to alert the rest of the platoon. Without orders, he remained in his position and, with full knowledge that he would have slight chance of escape, fired relentlessly at oncoming hostile troops attacking furiously with rifles, automatic weapons, and incendiary grenades. Accounting for 7 enemy dead in the immediate vicinity before his position was overrun and he himself fatally struck down, Private First Class Christianson, by his superb courage, valiant fighting spirit, and devotion to duty, was responsible for allowing the rest of the platoon time to man positions, build up a stronger defense on that flank, and repel the attack with 41 of the enemy destroyed, many more wounded, and 3 taken prisoner.

After serving at Tarawa in WWII, Stanley Christianson also participated in the amphibious landings of the 6th Marine Regiment on Saipan, Tinian and Okinawa. Discharged after the war, he reenlisted after 90 days at home, achieving the rank of Sergeant and serving as a Drill Instructor, he was subsequently busted back to Private after a run-in with an officer.

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