Sham, Pillow

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Description White satin with blue woven border and blue fringe. Painted design; top center: "U. S. Army" above USA symbol (bald eagle behind striped shield with arrows in one claw, leafed branch in other claw; ribbon clutched in beak "E. PLURIBUS UNUM"; circle above head with 13 stars, circle surrounded by 14 smaller circles); both sides: rose-pink with yellow accents roses, 2 on each side; center has a poem imprinted in blue paint: "Mother and Dad/No one knows but/Mother and Dad/About the smiles and/tears we've had/No other is willing/and glad to share/Whatever we have/of joy or care/No others of/Years gone by,/Or understand each
smile and sigh./For the dearest hearts/on this old earth/Are the hearts at home /of golden worth."/Below poem in blue paint: "CAMP WOLTERS, TEX." Light cream satin backing stitched along all edges except bottom to receive pillow.

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-2.1 L-2.2 inches
Event World War II
Year range to 1945
Material Cloth/Paint
Object ID 2002.110.3
Object Name Sham, Pillow
People Hansen, Adrian Donald
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