Private First Class James H. Christian was assigned to the 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, The Big Red One.
He was involved in the North African Campaign and was killed in action on 6 May 1943. On 13 May 1943 all German forces in North Africa surrendered.
He was initially buried at II Corps Cemetery in Mateur, Tunisia. He was interred at G,9,7, North African American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia.