WORLD WAR II
Sham, Pillow

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Description Gold satin with blue and yellow-gold woven border and blue fringe. Blue flock design and imprint, from top: "U. S. AIR CORPS"; bald eagle with arrows and leafed branch in claws, 7 stars and radiating lines just above eagle head, air corps symbol (spread wings with 2-blade propeller in center) under each wing; poem:
"MOTHER/To one who bears the sweetest name,/And adds a luster to the same./Who shares my joys, who cheers when sad/The greatest friend I ever had./Long life to her for there's no other/Could take the place of my dear Mother."/"McClellan Field, Calif."; gold cotton backing stitched along all edges except bottom to receive pillow.

Orville Elwyn Hansen was born July 18, 1915 near Eldorado, WI, 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 at Waite Carpet Company, Paine Lumber Company and Wisconsin Axle Division. He entered the U. S. Army on February 24, 1942. He was a corporal in the Army Air Force. His specialty was fire fighter in England, Ireland, Wales and Norway. His decorations include the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and 7 overseas service bars. He served 3 years, 6 months and 17days and was honorably discharged on December 19, 1945. After returning home, he worked construction until his retirement. His hobbies were hunting, fishing and observing wildlife. He died May 11, 1984 and is buried in Zoar Cemetery, Rosendale, WI.
Dimensions W-2.1 L-2.51 inches
Event World War II
Year range to 1945
Material Cloth
Object ID 2002.110.4
Object Name Sham, Pillow
People Hansen, Orville Elwyn
Related Publications Larson, Bradley G. "Voices of History 1941-1945". Oshkosh Public Museum, 2003.
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