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Record 535/959
Field ration, U.S. Army K ration tin from World War II. Side reads: " NESCAFE A COFFEE EXTRACT COMBINED & POWERED WITH ADDED DEXTRINS MALTOS & DECTROSE NET WEIGHT 1 OZ PREPARED BY NESTLE'S MILK PRODUCTS INC NEW YORK, USA". Instructions printed on side read: " Place 1/2 mess spoonful coffee in canteen cup, fill 1/2 full with water and stir. The contents of this can make 4 pints of brew or five canteen cups, 1/2 full." Cover has embossed "ECUO." The K ration was adopted in 1942 and discontinued in 1946. The green can was included as part of a small, lightweight and easy-to-carry wax-coated cardboard food packet originally designed for US Army paratroopers, but adopted by all combat troops. Each K ration packet contained a complete individual meal of 2,700 calories for breakfast, dinner, and supper, along with cigarettes and matches, a can opener, spoon, confections or gum, toilet paper, salt or sugar, water purification tablets, and beverage powder. The coffee product indicates this can was part of a breakfast ration. This was probably issued to 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.
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