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|52k||Harald Jensen Christopher was born in Dwight, Ill on 6 November 1919. He was commissioned ensign in the Naval Reserve 28 May 1941, and after training at the Naval Air Station, San Pedro, Calif., reported for duty in USS Nevada (BB 36) 5 August 1941. During the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941, "Ensign Christopher, realizing that his services at his regular battle station were not needed at the time, upon his own initiative assumed duties on the 5-inch broadside battery and effectively controlled his part of that battery until killed by a bomb explosion." He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for "distinguished service, courage, devotion to duty and disregard for his own safety."
USS Christopher (DE 100) (1943-1944) was the first ship named in his honor.
(Photo from the Northwestern University Library)
|118k||19 June 1943: Wilmington, Del. - Christopher (DE 100) slides into the water after being christened at the Dravo Corp. (U.S. Navy Photo; from "The World Encyclopedia of Destroyers and Frigates" by Bernard Ireland)||Robert Hurst|
|102k||Undated port broadside view of Christopher at sea. The ship is painted in the MS22 camouflage scheme. (Photo from the U.S. Naval Recognition Manual, 1943-45 Ed.)||Robert T. Baxter EM1, USNR
|50k||19 December 1944: USS Christopher (DE 100), side by side with USS Herzog (DE 178) and their crews during ceremony transferring Christopher to the Brazilian Navy. Taken at the Natal Naval Station in Brazil. (Official U.S. Navy Photo)||Luiz Brazil Cotta
FT3 (Ret. Brazilian Navy)
|65k||undated: as CT Benevente (D-20), in service with the Brazilian Navy (Official Brazilian Navy Photo)|
|Christopher's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 23 Oct. 1943 - 01 Jun. 1944||Lt. Archer W.P. Trench, USNR (comm.)|
|2.) 01 Jun. 1944 - 19 Dec. 1944||Lcdr. Joe M. Gunn, USNR (decomm.)|
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