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Record 525/959
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Small light brown leather bag holding various pieces that were used to fabricate souvenirs. The bag is made from soft, thin leather that might be chamois, kid, or Native American brain tanned deer skin. The top is scalloped with a cotton draw string. The contents of the bag are: .50 cal. machine gun bullet; seven English coins that have been domed; two English coins; one Irish coin; two English uniform buttons (one corroded); one pilot insignia of propellor and wings; eleven pieces of small chain like used for dog tags; one plastic circular token with the number/letter "1D"; six pieces of cigarette lighters; seven threaded bolts/screws in small thread size; one 10-32 tap; one brass clip from a canteen or similar military item; three threaded nuts that may have been part of the fabrication tools; one aluminum ring with brass clasp attached; two miscellaneous threaded nuts; one brass screw head without threads; one piece of ribbon. These parts and bag were owned by Orville Hansen, an Oshkosh man serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in WWII. He made crafts-type war souvenirs 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 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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