Christensen, Dale Eldon, 2LT

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1620-Cavalry Platoon Leader
Last MOS Group
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 1204, 112th Cavalry Regiment
Service Years
1940 - 1944


Second Lieutenant

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Gray, Iowa
Last Address
Afua, Dutch New Guinea

Casualty Date
Aug 04, 1944
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
A, 12, 200

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Gold Star

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World War II FallenThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorMedal of Honor Recipients
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  1944, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2015, Medal of Honor Recipients [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
112th Cavalry Regiment
  1943-1944, 1204, 112th Cavalry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Arawe
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Driniumor River
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Last Known Activity

2nd Lt. Dale Eldon Christensen was living in Los Angeles, California where he had been working as an ambulance attendant for Goodhew Ambulance Company..  His home of record being Gray, Iowa.  On 15 October 1940, He enlistied in the Medical Corps at Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, California. 

He worked his way up to 1st Sgt. just before he went overseas in 1942, serving as a drill instructor at Camp Grant, Illinois..  He was stationed at Fort McArthur, San Pedro, California. In 1941, he went to medical school in Rockford, Illinois, then was transferred to Camp Callan, San Diego, California.

In April 1942, he was sent to Australia to school and served overseas in Australia, New Britain and New Guinea. He attended officer candidate school in Australia in in January 1944, receiving his commission there in the infantry, later transferring to the cavalry.

Among other engagements, including the Battle of Arawa, his regiment fought in the Battle of Driniumor River, a 51 day battle that saw the taking of 62% casualties.  On 16 July 1944, he was serving with Troop E, 112th Cavalry Regiment. On that day, along the Driniumor River in New Guinea, he single-handedly attacked and silenced an enemy machine gun. Three days later, he reconnoitered an enemy strong point alone, then led his platoon in an assault which successfully destroyed the position. He was killed in action on 4 August  while again leading his platoon in an attack against an enemy position. For these actions, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on May 10, 1945.

Two months before his death Lieutenant Christensen wrote a letter, delivered by his commander after he died. In that letter to his parents, Christensen informed them that he had established a savings account that, were he to die, would provide the necessary funds to provide "a little more education" for his three brothers and his sister. "I couldn't have asked for a better life," he also wrote. "The four years I have been in the army I do not feel have been wasted."

He was interred in Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila Metro Manila National Capital Region, Philippines Plot: A-12-200.



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The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor


Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Troop E, 112th Cavalry Regiment. Place and date: Driniumor River, New Guinea, 16-19 July 1944. Entered service at: Gray, lowa. Birth: Cameron Township, lowa. G.O. No.: 36, 10 May 1945.

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty along the Driniumor River, New Guinea, from 16-19 July 1944. 2d Lt. Christensen repeatedly distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty in the continuous heavy fighting which occurred in this area from 16-19 July. On 16 July, his platoon engaged in a savage fire fight in which much damage was caused by 1 enemy machinegun effectively placed. 2d Lt. Christensen ordered his men to remain under cover, crept forward under fire, and at a range of 15 yards put the gun out of action with hand grenades. Again, on 19 July, while attacking an enemy position strong in mortars and machineguns, his platoon was pinned to the ground by intense fire. Ordering his men to remain under cover, he crept forward alone to locate definitely the enemy automatic weapons and the best direction from which to attack. Although his rifle was struck by enemy fire and knocked from his hands he continued his reconnaissance, located 5 enemy machineguns, destroyed 1 with hand grenades, and rejoined his platoon. He then led his men to the 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 and leaving many dead on the field. On 4 August 1944, near Afua, Dutch New Guinea, 2d Lt. Christensen was killed in action about 2 yards from his objective while leading his platoon in an attack on an enemy machinegun position. 2d Lt. Christensen's leadership, intrepidity, and repeatedly demonstrated gallantry in action at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, exemplify the highest traditions of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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