William J. Donovan, Medal of Honor Recipient from New York

 

Today we proudly present another New York recipient of the Medal of Honor, William J. Donovan, born in Buffalo, NY, for service during World War I. In World War II, he served as Director of the Office of Strategic Services. (OSS), pre-cursor to our present day CIA.
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, 165th Infantry, 42d Division. Place and date: Near Landres-et-St. Georges, France, 14-15 October 1918. Entered service at: Buffalo, N.Y. Born: 1 January 1883, Buffalo, N.Y. G.O., No.: 56, W.D., 1922. 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.

 

  a  May be an image of 1 person

Museum Hours

Tuesday - Saturday | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Closed Sunday & Monday)

Research Center Hours

Appointments are required.
Tuesday – Friday | 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

The museum is closed on
all New York State & Federal Holidays.

61 Lake Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 581-5100

Museum Store
(518) 226-0490

Due to staffing concerns the museum
can no longer accept telephone inquiries.

 


LIKE the Military Museum Facebook Page.

The museum floor is completely accessible for people using wheelchairs.

There is no admission charge to visit the museum or any of the exhibits.

Newsletter Signup


Receive our monthly "Friends" Newsletter and keep in touch with all the events and announcements from the NYS Military Museum.
Please wait