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Record 524/959
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Bracelet made from seven English coins soldered together to form an oval. The bracelet has one open area to allow wrist to slip in. Coins on side are bent to conform to wrist. Made by Orville Hansen, an Oshkosh man serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in England during World War II. He was a firefighter on a bomber base and made souvenir type items in his spare time. 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.
Bracelet -WORLD WAR II -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
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