Cerro Gordo County

Pfc. Eugene A. Christenson






Mr. and Mrs. Albert Christenson, 200 Burden street, Clear Lake, received word Sunday from the war department that their son, Pfc. Eugene Christenson, had been seriously wounded in action in France, Nov. 20. Pfc. Christenson entered service June 16, 1043, and has been overseas since September. His last letter received here was dated Oct. 18.

Source: The Globe-Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Tuesday, December 05, 1944, Page 14

Red Cross Helps Wounded
Man by Writing His Letters

Christenson’s Case Typical
of Services Rendered Soldiers

Clear Lake – Scarcely a home in Clear Lake or vicinity that has sent a son or daughter into the service but could tell a number of instances of the fine work of the American Red Cross is doing in keeping them well, caring for them when wounded and assisting the home folks when in need. The case of one of these men, Pfc. Eugene Christenson, a former Globe-Gazette carrier boy, furnishes an example to illustrate what the Red Cross does for the wounded.

Pfc. Christenson was seriously wounded in France Nov. 20 and is still in a hospital in France where he is making normal improvement. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Christenson, 200 Burden street, have received several letters written for him by a Red Cross worker, keeping them informed as to their son’s progress. He was unable to write at all at first, and now, since his wound was in the right side of his chest, writes little and that shakily.

But for the Red Cross his parents would have had scarcely any news of him beyond the fact that he had been seriously wounded.

Incidentally, Pfc. Christenson received the Purple Heart decoration which he forwarded to his parents.

In a letter received a few days ago Pfc. Christenson said that a Red Cross singer had come into the ward and entertained them with a number of songs. He thought that her face was familiar so asked her where she was from and was delighted to learn that she was Miss Ann Goplerud of Osage and that he had been in a Boy Scout camp with her brother some years back. Pfc. Christenson said that Miss Goplerud has a wonderful voice and he was thrilled to hear her.

Many sons have written, “The Red Cross sure does a lot for us” and “Do all you can for the Red Cross. They help us.”

Source: The Globe-Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Tuesday, February 27, 1945, Page 5 (photo included)

Clear Lake Briefs

Pfc. Eugene Christenson, who has been hospitalized in France since Nov. 20, called his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Christenson, 200 Burden street, Sunday afternoon from Charleston, S. Car., where he is at Stark hospital. He is expecting to be sent to Denver, Colo., to undergo an operation.

Source: The Globe-Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Monday, March 05, 1945, Page 7

Christenson Funeral Friday, 2 p. m.,
Zion Lutheran Church

Clear Lake – Funeral services for Pfc. Eugene Christenson, 20, who died suddenly in a Denver, Colo., hospital, Monday morning, will be held at the Zion Lutheran church at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon. A prayer service will be held at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Christenson, 200 Burden street, at 1:30 o’clock.

The Rev. Ruben Mostrom, pastor, will conduct the service and burial will be in Clear Lake cemetery. Ward’s funeral home is in charge of the arrangements. All business houses will be closed from 1:30 to 3 o’clock Friday for the funeral.

Source: The Globe-Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Thursday, April 05, 1945, Page 15

NOTE: Pfc. Eugene A. Christenson was a former Eagle Scout.