Loyd Raymond Christensen was born May 21, 1921 in Dannebrog, Nebraska, a town founded by Danish immigrants in the 1870s.
His parents, Carl Christensen and Marie Killham Christensen, were farmers.
The son graduated in 1939 from Dannebrog High School and enlisted in the Navy in January 1940. He was a fireman first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
A memorial service was held at the Lutheran church in Dannebrog in February 1942. The Rev. L.C. Hansen gave a sermon based on Proverbs 27:1: “Boast not thyself of tomorrow, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”
There is a cenotaph in his memory at Central City Cemetery in Central City, Nebraska. His parents are buried there.
Source: the Phonograph of St. Paul, Nebraska; Census; cenotaph and grave markers; Navy muster roll. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.