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Title -  William J. Donovan


Description -  William Joseph ("Wild Bill") Donovan (January 1, 1883 - February 8, 1959), United States soldier, lawyer, intelligence officer and diplomat.  Donovan is best remembered as the wartime head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), a precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency, during World War II.  He is also known as the "Father of American Intelligence" and the "Father of Central Intelligence".  A decorated veteran of World War I, General Donovan is the only person to have received all four of the United States' highest awards: The Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the National Security Medal.  He is a recipient of the Silver Star and Purple Heart, as well as decorations from a number of other nations for his service during both World Wars.


Description Source -  Library of Congress


Year -  June 8, 1928

General William J. "Wild Bill" Donovan, Father of American CIA

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