Dr. Christian Peter Hald of Ashland, Oregon passed away Tuesday, January 18, 2011 with children and grandchildren by his side and just weeks after his 90th birthday. Born December 21, 1920 in Staa, Denmark, he came to America with his family in March of 1928.
He graduated from Owatonna High School in Minnesota, he then enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard. He was assigned to the 91st Infantry Division at Camp White, Oregon. Hald commanded Company I, 361st Infantry at Camp White until his unit was alerted for overseas duty. While stationed at Camp White and just days before deployment to World War II, he married his sweetheart, Jacque Jean McCandliss, of Medford, Oregon.
During World War II, Hald commanded Company I in Algeria, North Africa and was the first American battalion to reach the Arno River during the Battle for Florence, Italy, and was the first unit to cross the Adidge River during the Po Valley Campaign.After the war, he graduated from The University of Minnesota School of Medicine. Following his medical internship at Santa Clara County Hospital in San Jose, Calif., he returned to Southern Oregon to begin his family life and opened his practice of Family Medicine in Ashland, Ore. in July 1952. He served as a chairman of the medical staff and director of emergency services at Ashland Community Hospital.
In 1963, Hald joined the 2nd Battalion, 249th Air Defense Artillery in Ashland, Ore., serving as the battalion surgeon with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was promoted to the rank of colonel, serving until his retirement in August 1975. Col. Hald's awards and decorations include the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantryman Badge, Oregon Exceptional Service Medal, and nine other campaign and service medals and ribbons.
Dr. Hald was a life member of the BPOE of Ashland, Oregon. He was a member of the Masonic Bodies and Hillah Temple of Ashland, Oregon. Passionate for music, he was a past president of the Southern Oregon Concert Band in which he played the tuba. He founded the Hillah Temple German Band and played in several Dixieland music groups. At home, Hald loved to read, tend to his garden, grocery shop, cook and spend time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Dr. Hald was pre-deceased by his wife of 64 years, Jacque Jean. He is survived by 4 children; Tamara Shawn Hald, Christian Peter Hald, III (Carolyn), Christine Ann Kovach (Steve), and Teresa Jean Mettler (Rich); eight grandchildren, Eric, Rachel (Matt), Carrie (Scott), Megan (Scott), Christy, Jensen, Scott, Molly; family members Jack McCandliss and Gary Kranenburg; and Hawaiian daughters, Joyce Chee, JoAnn Ishii and Claire Mahuna.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at the Ashland
National Guard Headquarters Armory located at 1420 East Main Street, Ashland, Oregon (near the Junior High School). If you need assistance with transportation, please call Chris Hald at 541-482-3977.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Camp White Military Museum, Hwy 62 & Ave. H, White City, OR 97503, or by phone: 541-826-2111, x3585; or in support of Ashland Community Hospital in care of ACH Foundation, P.O. Box 98, Ashland, OR 97520; or to the Ashland Parks Foundation in care of Hald-Strawberry Park, 340 S. Pioneer Street, Ashland, OR 97520.