WORLD WAR II
Spoon

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Description Tin-washed steel combination fork and spoon from a WWII German mess kit. Each utensil is about 5.750" long and is riveted together approximately 1" from end. When open, overall length of utensil is 9.750". Fork has four tines and spoon has large 3.250" long bowl. The two pieces swivel together and fold into a compact unit.

Probably acquired as a war souvenir, or for his own use, by Adrian Hansen. 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 L-9.75 inches
Dimension notes Length is unfolded. When folded, length is 6.250"
Year Range from 1933
Event World War II
Year range to 1945
Material Steel/Tin
Object ID 2002.110.36
Object Name Spoon
Place of Origin Germany
People Hansen, Adrian Donald
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