Let the memory of Curtis be with us forever
  • 30 years old
  • Born on October 6, 1978 .
  • Passed away on January 11, 2009 .

Marine Lance Cpl. Christensen was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He died in a non-hostile incident. An investigation is ongoing. Curtis was born at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital and attended Delran High School in New Jersey but was currently a resident of Collingswood, New Jersey. On his 28th birthday, he told his family of his plans to join the Marines and dedicated himself to making it work. Six months before boot camp, he stopped smoking, drinking, ran every day and joined the gym. Curtis never did anything half way and his dedication paid off. Upon graduation from boot camp, he was presented an award for earning the highest marks in physical training – not bad for someone who was the "grandpa" of the group. When he joined the Marines on October 16, 2006, he was trained as a machine gunner and was promoted to lance corporal on December 1, 2007. But his real dream was the hope of joining a special operations team similar to the Navy SEALs. Curtis was an avid photographer and outdoorsman – remembered as fun-loving and caring. 

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