Recipient Detail

 

DONOVAN, WILLIAM JOSEPH

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Organization: U.S. Army
Company:
Division: 165th Infantry, 42d Division
Born: 1 January 1883, Buffalo, N.Y.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Buffalo, N.Y.
G.O. Number: 56
Date of Issue: 12/31/1922
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Landres-et-St. Georges, France, 14-15 October 1918
 
 


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Citation

Lt. Col. Donovan personally led the assaulting wave in an attack upon a very strongly organized position, 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.