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Record 549/959
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Assemblage of scraps of four parachutes and four lengths of parachute cord from World War II. There are two white pieces, one olive drab, and one camouflage, all of a synthetic material. Three sections of cord are white and one olive drab. All had been contained inside a paper "The Continental/OSHKOSH" merchandising bag, 2002.110.63. These pieces may have been assembled by Adrian Hansen, a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne in World War II, as scriveners from his combat jumps. The olive drab and camouflage chutes were only used by paratroopers. It is known that Adrian made jumps in Italy, Normandy, and Holland. White parachutes were used by the Army Air Corps and the white scraps may have come from Orville Hansen, who was a fireman with 8th Air Force and was stationed in England. 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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