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Description Mess gear, M-1932, World War II. Individual soldier's mess gear consisting of a two part aluminum lid and pan with attached hinged steel handle, plus steel knife with Bakelite handle and stamped tin plated steel spoon and fork. Entire kit often referred to as a "meat can." Based on a style used before the First World War, consisting of pan with a hinged steel handle, plus lid that fits neatly over the pan and is held together as one unit, with utensils inside, when handle is folded over. Plate is divided into two sections so food could be separated. Bottom of plate crudely engraved: "ORVILLE HANSEN OSHKOSH WISCONSIN." A steel triangular ring attached to edge of lid slips over end of handle and enabled the complete unit to be dipped into boiling water. Handles stamped "US TACU Co 1942." Utensil handles marked "U.S." and fork numbered "5087" and spoon numbered "5018."

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.
Dimensions W-7 L-9 D-2.5 inches
Dimension notes Size when folded
Year Range from 1942
Event World War II
Year range to 1945
Material Aluminum/Steel
Object ID 2002.110.35
Object Name Kit, Mess
Place of Origin United States of America
People Hansen, Orville Elwyn
Used Hansen, Orville Elwyn
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