By Terry Kovarik
The guy who played a major role in designating Sturgeon Bay a U.S. Coast Guard city got a little bit of a history lesson himself about a Sturgeon Bay High School graduate who was killed on the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Escanaba. Bob Desh, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran himself, spoke at a recent 50th reunion of Sturgeon Bay High School. At the event, Desh met the nephew of Bud Christenson, who was one of two Sturgeon Bay High school graduates to die aboard the Escanaba. After his address, Desh visited with Christenson’s nephew, Dennis.
Bud Christenson and Victor Londo Junior, both graduates of Sturgeon Bay High School, along with Leonard Delsart of Maplewood and George Larson formerly of Ellison Bay were among the 103 crew members killed when the Escanaba exploded and sank off of Newfoundland in 1943.