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Record 533/959
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Set of three black pebble grain leather German cartridge boxes with leather flap cover. Riveted and sewn construction. Internal leather divider in each. Interior of cover of center lid stamped "300" and right interior cover stamped "242." A .750" wide leather strap with tear-drop hole in end is affixed to steel peg with knob end on bottom of each box strap to hold cover in place. Steel rectangle belt ring sewn onto back of center box and belt loops on end boxes. Triple pouches were worn in pairs on either side and attached to the waist belt. The ring in center was for the "Y" strap worn over the shoulders to distribute the weight. Each leather box held two five round clips of 7.92 x 57 mm rifle ammunition for the Model 98k Carbine. Exhibits wear. Brought back from Europe as a war souvenir 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.
Box, Cartridge -WORLD WAR II -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
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