01 January 2012

Medal of Honor; W. J. Donovan


Lieutenant Colonel, US Army; 165th Infantry, 42d Division

Born: 1 January 1883, Buffalo, New York
Died: 8 February 1959, Washington, District of Columbia

Citation: Lt. Col. Donovan personally led the assaulting wave in an attack upon a very strongly organized position [near Landres-et-St Georges, France, on 14-15 October 1918], and when our troops were suffering heavy casualties he encouraged all near him by his example, moving among his men in exposed positions, reorganizing decimated platoons, and accompanying them forward in attacks. When he was wounded in the leg by machine-gun bullets, he refused to be evacuated and continued with his unit until it withdrew to a less exposed position.

Note: Lt Col (later Maj Gen) Donovan is best known as head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II.

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