Are You Smarter Than a 508er?
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]
Jumpmaster says: "Stumped?
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
Pfc McDonnell was appointed to the
grade of T/5 on 14 April 1943 and appointed to the rank of SSgt on 3
His military decorations include the
Combat Infantryman Badge and the Bronze Service Arrowhead device, both
awarded for participation in Normandy assault.