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Adrian Hansen with Arleen

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Record 136/959
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
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Collection Hansen Family
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description Gelatin print of Adrian Hansen with Arleen.
Year Range from 1942
Event World War II
Year range to 1945
Medium Photographic Paper
Notes Candid outdoor view of Adrian and Arleen Hansen hugging. Taken at the time when Adrian left for the service or when he returned home after serving in Europe during World War II.
Arleen Hansen was born March 17, 1920 in Oshkosh, WI, the daughter of Margaret May Griffiths Hansen and Pearl Steven Hansen. She married Ervin Schroeder August 16, 1952. The couple had one son, Ervin S. Schroeder. She worked for Waite Carpet Co.; Sterns Exclusive Shop; Boston Store; Oshkosh Clinic; and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She had one son. Member of the Welsh Druids Society and Martin Luther Church. She wrote many poems in the Welsh tradition and had them published. She died January 5, 2005 and was buried at Lake View Memorial Park.
Adrian Donald Hansen was born in Eldorado, WI on February 7, 1919, the son of Margaret May Griffiths Hansen and Pearl Steven Hansen. He attended Slough Bridge School, Winnebago County, Wisconsin. Before World War II, he worked for his father and the Wisconsin Diamond Match Company. He entered the U. S. Army on September 29, 1942. He was in the 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Battalion of the 325 Glider Infantry. He was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in action in Normandy, France on June 14, 1944. He also received the good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Ribbon with one Silver and one Bronze Battle Star (six Campaigns or battles), and bronze arrowhead for combat glider landing; Glider Badge, four oversears Service Bars for two years overseas, Distinguished Unit Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge and Glider Wings. His unit received a Presidential Citation for volunteering to go behind enemy lines to rescue troops in the Battle of the Bulge. He served with the 325th glider Infantry in French Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, Ireland, France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. He was part of the Normandy Invasion on D-Day. He served in Foreign Service for 2 years, 4 months, 16 days. He was honorably discharged on September 22, 1945. He returned to the Diamond Match Company to work until it closed. He worked for the Turner Horse Stables and the Universal Foundry, Oshkosh until he retired at age 62. He died on September 8, 1998 in Oshkosh WI.
Object ID P2002.110.3
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Schroeder, Arleen Roselind Hansen
Hansen, Adrian Donald
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 2 3/4" x 4 1/2"
Subjects Group photographs
Homefront
World War II
Families
Homecomings
Soldiers
Paratroopers
Hugging
Title Adrian Hansen with Arleen
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