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Adrian Hansen Collection

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Admin/Biog History 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.
Collection Adrian Hansen Collection
Dates of Accumulation 1937-1947
Abstract The Adrian Hansen Collection contains 1 box containing 44 folders of archival materials and two maps in the map drawers. Materials include: newspapers; magazines; letters; postcards; booklets; pamphlets; greeting cards; brochures; bibles; music; membership cards; ledgers; and stickers. The collection is mostly related to World War II and correspondence is mostly from sweathearts.
Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG45.1
Object Name Series
People Hansen, Adrian Donald
Schroeder, Arleen Roselind Hansen
Hansen, Lyle Delmer
Hansen, Margaret May Griffiths
Peerenboom, Loretta
Lee, Mary
Allen, Dorthy
Subjects World War II
82nd Division
Gliders
D-Day
Sweethearts
Love letters
Parachutists
Soldiers
Nudes
Sex
Title Adrian Hansen Collection
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