Christopherson, survivor of Pearl Harbor, dies Sunday

Darrel Christopherson, one of the last of the "Greatest Generation" in South Dakota and a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, died at his home in Vermillion Sunday, Jan. 29. He was 87.

Christopherson, who joined the U.S. Navy when he was 17, was a crew member aboard the USS Vestal, a repair ship that was moored to the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, when the Japanese attacked U.S. Naval forces on Dec. 7, 1941.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the First Baptist Church in Vermillion with Pastor Elmer "Sandy" Aakre officiating. Military honors will be conducted by V.F.W. Post #3061.

Interment will be at a later date in the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis.

Look for a story and full obituary in Friday's Vermillion Plain Talk.

Please click here to watch a video compiled by the Vermillion Plain Talk staff.

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