Kit, Needlework

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Description U.S. Army sewing kit from World War II. Kit is olive drab cotton packet with folding flaps and interior pockets. Packet folds together and is held closed with cotton twill string. Includes the following: 2 safety pins of different sizes; 1 needle; 2 five-yard packets of olive drab thread wrapped around cardboard; 1 steel thimble; 1 Airborne shoulder patch; wax paper envelope containing 3 white, 1 green, and 11 olive drab buttons of various sizes; 1 black wooden spool of khaki thread; 1 cardboard bobbin of khaki thread; 1 cardboard bobbin of white thread; 1 cardboard bobbin of olive drab thread.

Used 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 W-3 L-5 inches
Dimension notes Dimension when folded
Year Range from 1940
Event World War II
Year range to 1945
Material Cotton/Plastic/Steel
Object ID 2002.110.47
Object Name Kit, Needlework
Place of Origin United States of America
People Hansen, Adrian Donald
Used Hansen, Adrian Donald
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