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Are You Smarter Than a 508er?

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   A check for $5.00 first prize is being mailed to Valentine McDonnell. Philadelphia, for the following set of questions:

1.  Why was the Statue of Liberty presented to the united States by the people of France?

2.  What constitution provides that the citizen of the nation have a right to work?

3. What fish is harnessed and used to catch other fish?

4.  Where is tea used as money?

5.  What became of the tiny Balkan kingdom of Montenegro after the World War?  [WWI, of course]

[The Philadelphia Enquirer, Philadelphia, PA, Friday, June 23, 1939, Main Edition, Page 23]

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Pennsylvania WWII Veterans Bonus application submitted by Valentine McDonnell on 17 January 1950 documents his enlistment on 15 October 1942 as well his departure for the ETO on 27 December 1942.

He returned to the U.S. 5 days shy of two years later on 22 December 1945 and was discharged on 31 December 1945 at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA.

He listed his wife Anne and their eight-week-old son Barry as his beneficiaries.



[courtesy of Dan Oh]

Grave markers for Valentine McDonnell in Saint Ann Cemetery, Phoenixville (Chester), Pennsylvania.

Valentine enlisted in the Army at Philadelphia, PA on 25 October 1942 and was assigned to Hq 2nd, 508th PIR.

Pfc McDonnell was appointed to the grade of T/5 on 14 April 1943 and appointed to the rank of SSgt on 3 November 1943.

His military decorations include the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Bronze Service Arrowhead device, both awarded for participation in Normandy assault.

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