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Description Aluminum or tin box with wood lining and small ball feet. Exterior has pressed scenes of India comprising elephants, palm trees, tiger, Indian man in two-wheel cart pulled by a cow, man with bow and arrow stalking a stag. Inside are World War II souvenirs consisting of military patches and foreign currency.

This material was collected and owned by Adrian Hansen, an Oshkosh soldier serving in the 325th Glider Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division who saw action in North Africa, the Italian campaign, Normandy, Belgium, and Germany. Contents are as follows: two German shoulder labels (officer?), gray wool with silver and red piping; black cotton strip with two embroidered silver Nazi eagles; two silver Death Head insignia on black cotton; two silver Nazi eagle on black cotton; one silver Nazi insignia on black cotton with letters "N.S.K.K." embroidered above eagle; one diamond shaped black patch with Nazi eagle over a spoked wheel; black circular patch with silver emblem; pressed silver aluminum(?) hat insignia with black and red symbol in center; two brass rings with chrome finish(?) and an insignia that shows eagle in shield with crown over the top and word "FERT" under; 5 franc bill from Belgium; one Dutch "zilverbon", one 100 and one 1000 "Reichsbanfnote" bills; one 100 peso Japanese bill (from Philippines?); one Lire Italian bill; one 5 mark "Deutschland" bill; one aluminum French 1 franc coin; one black pencil marked "AW FARBER."

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.
Dimensions H-3 W-5 L-9.625 inches
Dimension notes Box dimensions only
Event World War II
Year range to 1945
Material Metal/Paper/Cotton/Wool
Object ID 2002.110.9
Object Name Souvenir
People Hansen, Adrian Donald
Used Hansen, Adrian Donald
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