Frank Leonard Christen
|HOME OF RECORD
238 East 3rd Street, Corning, NY
raised Jerseyville, IL
|NEXT OF KIN
Wife, Mrs. Ruth Clark Christen
|DATE OF BIRTH
January 14, 1919
June 12, 1941
|DATE OF LOSS
December 16, 1942
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
New Georgia / Munda
Missing In Action
Declared Dead December 17, 1943
|CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Second Lieutenant Frank Christen was a Marine dive bomber pilot assigned to VMSB-132, part of the Cactus Air Force based out of Guadalcanal.
On 16 December 1942, Christen and his radioman, PFC Glenn Shattuck, participated in a night strike against a Japanese destroyer off New Georgia. Christen dropped flares over the target, and was last seen entering his dive. His section leader returned alone; Christen and Shattuck were reported missing in action, and then declared dead on 17 December 1943.
Lieutenant Christen was reported to be a prisoner of war; Japanese documents reveal that he was interrogated at Rabaul. He died while in captivity at an unknown date.
Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart
|LAST KNOWN RANK
|STATUS OF REMAINS
St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Jerseyville, IL
Manila American Cemetery
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For more about Frank Christen and Glenn Shattuck, see The Lost, Last Letter.
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