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William J. Donovan Distinguished Service Cross Citation


The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Colonel (Infantry) William Joseph “Wild Bill” Donovan (ASN: 0-102383), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 165th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F., near Villers-sur-Fere, France, July 28 – 31, 1918. Colonel Donovan led his battalion across the River Ourcq and captured important enemy strong holds. He was in advance of the division for four days, all the while under shell and machine-gun fire from the enemy, who were on three sides of him, and he was repeatedly and persistently counter-attacked, being wounded twice. Colonel Donovan’s coolness and efficient leadership rendered possible the maintenance of this position.


Born Jan. 1, 1883 in Buffalo, N.Y…. Organized and led a troop of cavalry in the New York State Militia that served on the Mexican border during the Pancho Villa campaign… Considered the “Father of American Intelligence” for forming the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, which became the Central Intelligence Agency… Also awarded the Medal of Honor and two Purple Hearts… Departed: Feb. 8, 1959… Buried: Arlington National Cemetery

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Daniel J. Daly’s Distinguished Service Cross citation

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
AUTHORIZED BY CONGRESS
HAS AWARDED

THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

TO

FIRST SERGEANT DANIEL JOSEPH DALY
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

FOR
EXTRAORDINARY HEROISM IN ACTION

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Sergeant Daniel Joseph Daly (MCSN: 73086), United States Marine Corps, for repeated deeds of heroism and great service while serving with the Seventy-Third Company, Sixth Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F., on 5 June and 7, 1918 at Lucy-le-Bocage, and on 10 June 1918 in the attack on Bouresches, France. On June 5th, at the risk of his life, First Sergeant Daly extinguished a fire in an ammunition dump at Lucy-le-Bocage. Continue reading “Daniel J. Daly’s Distinguished Service Cross citation”

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Henry Johnson’s Distinguished Service Cross citation

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Henry Johnson (ASN: 1316046), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company C, 369th Infantry Regiment, 93d Division, A.E.F., in France during the period 13 to 15 May 1918. Continue reading “Henry Johnson’s Distinguished Service Cross citation”