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In Memory of  U.S. Army Private First Class

Alvin Peter Christensen

Viborg, South Dakota, Turner County

 March 10, 1945 - June 18, 1968

Died of Wounds in Vietnam

Alvin Peter Christensen was born May 10, 1945, to Audley and Clara (Delaney) Christensen on a farm in Spring Valley Township, South Dakota. His siblings are Elizabeth, JoAnn, and Joy. Until fifth grade, Alvin went to country school; when the family moved, he started school in Viborg, South Dakota. He was in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Prior to starting his own carpentry business, Alvin worked on various farms.

Alvin Christensen was drafted into the army on November 21, 1967, and was trained at Fort Lewis, Washington. Alvin was a Private First Class, Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. He was sent overseas on May 4, 1968, after spending a couple weeks home with his family on leave.

Private First Class Alvin Peter Christensen died in Vietnam on June 18, 1968, “due to gunshot wounds received during hostile ground action on the previous day.” Alvin was 23 when he died and had been in Vietnam just over a month. His body was returned to the United States and he was buried with military honors in the Spring Valley Baptist Cemetery, on July 1, 1968.

He received a Bronze Star with a V and first Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Army Commendation medal, Good Conduct medal, National Defense Service medal, Vietnam Service medal, Vietnam Campaign ribbon, Combat Infantry badge, Sharpshooter’s badge with rifle bar and Marksman’s badge with machine gun bar.

At the time of his death he was survived by his parents, Audley and Clara Christensen, and his sisters, Elizabeth, JoAnn, and Joy.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Nate Bayne, 8th Grade, Spearfish Middle School, October 4, 2005. Information for this entry was provided by the Viborg Enterprise, June 17, 1968, July 4, 1968, November 1, 1968 issues and a Vietnam Veterans bonus application. Profile approval by Elizabeth Tirrell.


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