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William Joseph "Wild Bill" Donovan

 

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Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

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BORN:  January 01, 1883 at Buffalo, NY

Entered Service in the US Army from Buffalo, NY

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War I For heroism on October 14 & 15, 1918 at Landres-et-St. Georges, France

DIED:  February 08, 1959 at the age of 76

Lieutenant Colonel Donovan earned the Medal of Honor for heroism near Landres-et St. Georges, France, while personally leading the assaulting wave in an attack upon a very strongly organized position. 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.

 

 

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