Mulqueen’s Donated WWII Knife Makes it to War in the Pacific

A home front story that shows the American spirit of the Greatest Generation!!

The Hanneman Archive

When the United States was drawn into World War II by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the war effort was put forth by everyone from soldiers at the front to school children at home. Young Edward J. Mulqueen of Cudahy, Wisconsin, wanted to do his part, so he donated his prized hunting knife to the U.S. military.

An 11-year-old student at St. Frederick’s Catholic School, Mulqueen read about the shortages of materials for the war effort. Newspapers carried pleas for donation of quality knives, since the hardened steel used in the blades was scarce. Eddie didn’t hesitate. In late 1942, he carefully packaged up his knife and mailed it to the address published in the newspaper. He was proud to do his part. After all, with two brothers headed for the Pacific theater (and later a third) he had a personal stake in the fight.

He might have forgotten about…

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on November 22, 2014, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Wonderful story. What a difference just saying thank you can make!

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  2. Great story, would have made a great ending if the knife was returned to Eddie after the war.
    Ian aka Emu

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  3. Very interesting story. I was so glad to see the 2 letters thanking him. Glad he lived to a old age!

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  4. Thanks for bringing this to us.

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