WORLD WAR II
Orville Hansen

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Record 143/959
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
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Collection Hansen Family
Copyright Arleen Schroeder
Description Gelatin print of Orville & Adrian Hansen.
Year Range from 1945
Event World War II
Year range to 1945
Medium Photographic Paper
Notes Copy of a candid outdoor image of Orville & Adrian Hansen upon their return to Oshkosh after World War II. Both men are wearing their uniforms and standing in front of a car. Adrian is holding a dog. Taken on the family farm on Vinland Road in 1945.
Orville Elwyn Hansen was born July 18, 1915 near Eldorado, WI, 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 at Waite Carpet Company, Paine Lumber Company and Wisconsin Axle Division. He entered the U. S. Army on February 24, 1942. He was a corporal in the Army Air Force. His specialty was fire fighter in England, Ireland, Wales and Norway. His decorations include the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and 7 overseas service bars. He served 3 years, 6 months and 17days and was honorably discharged on December 19, 1945. After returning home, he worked construction until his retirement. His hobbies were hunting, fishing and observing wildlife. He died May 11, 1984 and is buried in Zoar Cemetery, Rosendale, WI.
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 P2002.110.36
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Hansen, Orville Elwyn
Hansen, Adrian Donald
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 4" x 5"
Subjects Group photographs
Male
Soldiers
World War II
United States Army Air Force
Fire fighters
European Theater of Operations
82nd Division
Homefront
Dogs
Automobiles
Title Orville Hansen
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