PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Christensen, Wheatley Theordore
Date of birth: July 5th, 1918
Nationality:  American
BIOGRAPHY: 
Wheatley Theordore "Chris" Christensen Sr., 88 a resident of Annapolis, Maryland for 70 years and a highly decorated combat veteran of WW2, died of liver cancer. Born on 5 July 1918, Mr. Christensen tested submarine diesel engines at the Naval Experimental Station until the outbreak of World War 2. In spite of draft deferral status, he joined the Army and volunteered for the paratroopers. Ranked a "Tech Sgt", he was with Company G, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. His regiment was the only regiment within the 82nd Airborne to make all 4 combat jumps, Sicily, Salerno, Normandy and Holland. His awards, Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Europe-Africa Campaign Medal with 6 battle stars, French Croix de Guerre and for his unit he was entitled to wear the Presidential Unit Citation, the Belgium Fourragere, Netherlands Orange Lanyard.
     
COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE
Rank: Technical Sergeant
Unit: Company G, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division
 
     
BRONZE STAR (BSM)
Rank: Technical Sergeant
Unit: Company G, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division
 
     
EUROPEAN-AFRICAN-MIDDLE EASTERN CAMPAIGN MEDAL
Rank: Technical Sergeant
Unit: Company G, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division
Details: Awarded with 6 Battle Stars
 
     
CROIX DE GUERRE (1939-1945)
Rank: Technical Sergeant
Unit: Company G, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division
 
     
PURPLE HEART
Rank: Technical Sergeant
Unit: Company G, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division
 
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