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Record 522/959
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Ring filed from perplex (Plexiglas) most likely salvaged from a damaged B-17 or B-24 bomber during World War II. Ring appears rough with file marks, as if it is unfinished. Ring was made by Orville Hansen, an Oshkosh man serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in England during the war. He made souvenir items in his spare time and according to an oral history with his sister, Arleen Schroeder, she said that he used materials that he salvaged from badly damaged bombers. 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 firefighter 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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