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Highly decorated WWII veteran receives another honor

Art Christiansen, 97, doesn’t like to talk about his time fighting during WWII or the awards he has received for his service.

Posted: Jun 28, 2018 9:28 PM
Updated: Jun 29, 2018 7:06 AM

ALBERT LEA, Min. - Art Christiansen, 97, doesn’t like to talk about his time fighting during WWII or the awards he has received for his service.

“He wouldn’t speak about it at all for over 50 years,” said his daughter, Linda Crofton.

But over the years, Linda and her sister Betty have heard a story or two.

“He lost his radio three times, but he didn’t get killed. That’s why he has a Silver Star,” said Betty.

On Thursday, he received another award, the Quilt of Valor. The quilt is given to comfort those who have been impacted by war. But it isn’t just an award for Christiansen. Those helping Christiansen in hospice care say this quilt is a memory for his loved ones to hold on to.

“It’s not only something for him because it is a recent memory, but it will mean something to his family as well. Mementos become important in remembrance of their loved once,” said Rev. Tom Franklin.

And it it’s not just the quilt. Art’s daughter has his stories as well.

“His general came up to him after shooting and said there is no way you got a perfect score with that rifle, and he said no, but he has a rifle that shoots true,” said Betty. “That’s how he received the marksmanship medal."

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