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Record 519/959
Model 1937 Musette Bag: olive drab canvas over-the-shoulder bag with two front straps with brass buckles on a fold-over flap cover. Shoulder strap is 1 7/8" wide and has two brass D-rings and spring clasps. Two D-rings on bottom for attachments. One side compartment with flap with brass button. Inside is divided into two compartments with rear compartment slightly smaller than main compartment. Open rear compartment held closed with one brass button (i.e., no cover). Front flap is stenciled in black block letters: "RE6067-33 H-5921 U.S. RE6067-33" under that owner has written in pen: "Orville Elwin Hansen 3623-" The remaining part of the number is illegible Also: "O.H. OSHKOSH WISCONSIN". Inside of front flap is stenciled maker name: "ATLANTIC PRODUCTS CORP. 1941" and in pen the owner's name: "HANSEN". 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.
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