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!!
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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Posted on November 22, 2014, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged family history, History, Home Front, Military, Military History, nostalgia, Pacific War, veterans, WW2, WWII. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.