WILLIAM L CHRISTENSON
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HONORED ON PANEL 9W, LINE 126 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM LEE CHRISTENSON

WALL NAME

WILLIAM L CHRISTENSON

PANEL / LINE

9W/126

DATE OF BIRTH

04/02/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

TUYEN DUC

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/07/1970

HOME OF RECORD

ST PAUL PARK

COUNTY OF RECORD

Washington County

STATE

MN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM LEE CHRISTENSON
POSTED ON 1.18.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us.....
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POSTED ON 4.2.2019
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Sergeant William Lee Christenson, Served with the 11th Aviation Company (General Support), 11th Aviation Group, 1st Cavalry Division, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 2.21.2019

William Christenson- Remembered by a Classmate

William Christenson graduated from St Paul Park/Cottage Grove High School, Minnesota in 1967. The picture of Billy sitting along side his Huey Helicopter was provided by his friend and classmate, Jarold Hempler.
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POSTED ON 11.11.2018

Final Mission of SGT William L. Christenson

On July 7, 1970, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 69-15138) from the 11th Aviation Company (General Support), 1st Cavalry Division, was on an administrative flight when it crashed in bad weather in the mountains approximately 25 miles northwest of Bao Loc in Tuyen Duc Province, RVN. Seven U.S. personnel were killed in the incident. They included aircraft commander 1LT William F. Michel, pilot MGN George W. Casey, crew chief SGT Ronald F. Fuller, and gunner SGT William L. Christenson; also lost were passengers MAJ John A. Hottell III, SGM Kenneth W. Cooper, and SGT Vernon K. Smolik Jr. The helicopter was in a flight of two aircraft headed to Cam Ranh Air Base. MGN Casey, flight-qualified and at the controls of 138, intended to visit wounded members of his command convalescing at a medical facility there. After reporting their position 25 miles southwest of Dalat at 9:30 AM, the two helicopters turned through a hole in the clouds from an altitude of approximately 6500 feet. The chase ship, Aircraft 502, saw the ground at about 3500 feet as both helicopters continued descending. The descent was made into a valley with steep ridge lines and a river at the bottom. Aircraft 502 lost visual contact with Aircraft 138, then regained visual contact, then lost it again. Both aircraft went IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) after entering clouds. Aircraft 138 radioed 502 that he was IFR and doing a 180 degree turn and recommended that 502 do the same. This was the last known contact made with Aircraft 138. Aircraft 502 began climbing in order to return to VFR (Visual Flight Rules). Aircraft 502 broke out at 7000 feet, and running low on fuel proceeded the approximately 15 to 20 minutes to Dalat. The lost Aircraft 138 was located two days later on a hillside near the Cambodian border approximately 25 miles northwest of Bao Loc. The crew compartment had been demolished on impact and destroyed in the post-crash fire. Bad weather delayed the recovery of the remains for four days until which time they were recovered and positively identified. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Flying General, 6 on Missing Huey.” Pacific Stars & Stripes, July 11, 1970]
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POSTED ON 11.19.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

THANK YOU

Dear Sgt William Christenson,
Thank you for your service as an Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice with the 1st Cavalry. Happy Thanksgiving. This is the month that we remember all those who have passed-on. We remember you. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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