CONFIRMED: Knud Hans Christoffersen, Veteran US Army, WWII, (177-21) 7 Sep 21

When:
September 7, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2021-09-07T12:00:00-05:00
2021-09-07T16:00:00-05:00
Where:
Colonial Funeral Home
625 Kitty Hawk Rd
Universal City, TX 78148
USA
CONFIRMED: Knud Hans Christoffersen,  Veteran US Army, WWII, (177-21) 7 Sep 21 @ Colonial Funeral Home | Universal City | Texas | United States

US ARMY/AIR FORCE RETIRED VETERAN – WWII

The family of Mr. Knud Hans Christoffersen, a US Army Veteran, requests the presence and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard at the services, LEO supported procession, and graveside rendering of military honors of their loved one. We are honored to accept this invitation.

Born Knud Hans William Christoffersen at 2AM, December 2, 1921 on Estate “Betty’s Hope”, St. Croix Us Virgin Islands to Valborg Agnata Christoffersen and Neils Christoffersen. Knud had a wonderful life growing up in the Virgin Islands.

He joined the army and was sent by B-17 bomber to Puerto Rico for basic training on December 10, 1940. He was there when war was declared on December 7, 1941. He spent the next 2 years in Puerto Rico. Knud was then sent to South Carolina, then Camp Shelby, Mississippi. From there he was sent to New York and put aboard ships bound by convoy to Europe. The convoy landed at La Havre, France. Set up camp at “Camp Lucky Strike” and was so cold he got frostbite on both feet and was hospitalized for 11 days. Knud was a medic with the 65th Division as part of the Patton’s 3rd Army. He stayed with that unit across Europe and ended up in Linz, Austria at the war’s end. Knud went home to Indiana after crossing on another Liberty Ship. He went with his brother-in-law, Cliff, to work in a gold mine in Pikes Peak, Colorado. He decided it wasn’t for him and went back to Indiana. He then went to New York and reenlisted in the US Air Force in 1947 at Mitchell Field. He Retired on May 1, 1971 as a SMSgt.

In 1947, Knud met Edith through the Nielsen family, who were from the Virgin Islands. Edith was a “Rosie the Riveter” building P47 Thunderbolts at Republic Aviation on Long Island. After dating for a while, they were married on May 22, 1948 in Freeport, New York. Over the years from Mitchell Field to McGuire AFB to Presque Isle Maine, to Tripoli, Libya to St. Albans Naval Hospital, New York to Wiesbaden, Germany to Spokane, Washington to Big Spring, Texas and finally San Antonio, Texas. He retired from the air Force on May 1st, 1971. He later worked for Tom’s Peanuts for many years after.

Knud and Edith had many wonderful trips visiting with family. Those trips were the best times of their lives. He played the harmonica for friends and family. He loved playing golf with his golfing buddies: Herbie, Les, Tony, Stan, and Ron. He was also an avid card player, so we all grew up loving to play cards.

Knud Chrsitoffersen was a devoted family man and a good friend. Loved to be around people, telling jokes and stories, especially about growing up in the islands.

Knud is survived by his daughter Diane Adamson; his daughter Donna Avant (Wayne Avant); his son Robert Christoffersen (Susan Christoffersen); and his son Ronald Christoffersen (Nancianne Christoffersen); his grandchild Kelly Adamson, his grandchild Sharon Adamson, his grandchild Laura Knapp, his grandchild John Christoffersen, his grandchild Barbara Smeraldo, his grandchild Travis Avant, his grandchild Christine Avant, his great grandchild Derrec Mongan, his great grandchild Seanna Ashley Mongan, his great grandchild Logan Tassin, his great grandchild Karly Tassin, his great grandchild Jordan Westerfield, his great grandchild Kaitlyn Blake, his great grandchild Cutter Vick, his great grandchild Christopher Smeraldo, his great grandchild Daniel Smeraldo, his great-great grandchild Adeline Marie O’neil Smith and his great-great grandchild Cillian Jorgensen Mongan.

Knud was preceded in death by his wife Edith Marie Christoffersen; his father Neils Christoffersen and his mother Valborg Agnata Christoffersen; his brother Kai Bang; his brother Valdemar Emile Wilhelm Christoffersen; his brother Ejnar Johan Christoffersen; his sister Rigmor Florance Christoffersen (Liffick); his sister Margrethe Maria Christoffersen (Lewis) and his sister Astrid Agatha Christoffersen (Coss); his grandchild Stephen Michael Christoffersen.

WEATHER: Hi 95 / Lo 77, 0% Chance of Rain, 82% Humidity, Wind: 3 mph SSE

REQUESTOR: Nancy Christoffersen, Daughter-in-Law

 

STAGING: 12:00 pm, Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Colonial Funeral Home

625 Kitty Hawk Road

Universal City, Texas 78148

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BRIEFING: 12:15 pm

 

SERVICE: 1:00 pm

Colonial Funeral Home

625 Kitty Hawk Road

Universal City, Texas 78148

https://goo.gl/maps/yhnaqjtM o8Q2

 

KSU: 2:30 pm (Semper Gumby)

 

INTERMENT: 3:00 pm – Shelter #1 (Call to Verify)

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

1520 Harry Wurzbach Road

San Antonio, Texas 78209

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RC: Pete “Sea Dog” Johnson

pfjohn127@gmail.com

 

FC: Richard “Bean” Sandoval

Richardsandoval196@hotmail.com

 

ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS
1. Iron horses if you can, cages are always welcome and appreciated and unless under special circumstances not allowed in processions. You do not have to have a motorcycle to participate in honoring our veterans.
2. Safety First: Please remember to properly hydrate (including the night before) before any outdoor activity and to dress appropriately. Do not hesitate to take a break at any time if you feel you need to get in the shade or get indoors and always ask for help at any time. Also please do not forget your sun screen.
3. Please remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent, and with honor and. NO TALKING, SMOKING, CHEWING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS, OR CELL PHONE USE IN THE FLAG LINE!
4. Cemeteries are hallowed ground. Please keep radios off and engine noise to a minimum. Observe the 15 MPH speed limit. Show our respect to ALL who are in attendance.
5. If riding/driving a motorcycle on Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, which is located within a Military Installation, you will need to wear closed toe shoes, long sleeve shirt, gloves, DOT approved helmet, eye protection, long pants, and boots/shoes that cover the ankle.

***Safety Notice***

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Funeral Processions/Escorts

EVERY RIDER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for their own safety at all times while riding in a funeral procession.
At NO TIME are any riders authorized to block any intersection or otherwise block or impede traffic laws in any way. Only Law Enforcement officials are authorized to block and/or impeded the lawful flow of traffic.
If you choose to fly a Flag on your bike you are SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for ensuring it is secured and not a danger to any other rider or traffic.

Warm Regards,

Bob “Pizza Man” Johnson
Deputy State Captain
San Antonio Patriot Guard
Dignity, Honor, Respect
Cell: 562-413-2223

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