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William Donovan
Donovan
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1883
Date of Death: 1959
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Catholicism
Occupation: Lawyer, Soldier, Spy
Turtledove Appearances:
Worldwar
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Striking the Balance
Type of Appearance: Direct
Major General William Joseph "Wild Bill" Donovan, KBE USA (January 1, 1883 – February 8, 1959) was an American soldier, lawyer and intelligence officer, best remembered as wartime head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS).

William Donovan in WorldwarEdit

William "Wild Bill" Donovan was an American general and commander of the US's covert force, the Office of Strategic Services, during World War II and the war against the Race's Conquest Fleet.

In 1944, after a cease-fire had been reached between the Big Five independent powers and the Race, Donovan was stationed in Hot Springs, Arkansas. As his job required him to "know everything", Donovan made himself fluent in the Race's language, a fact which surprised then-sergeant Sam Yeager when the two met. Donovan consulted Yeager on the explosive-metal bomb that the US military had delivered to Arkansas from Denver. Yeager had an admittedly rudimentary grasp of the technology of the bomb, but shared everything he could with Donovan.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Striking the Balance, pgs. 386-389.
Political offices
(OTL)
New office Coordinator of Information
1941–1942
Succeeded by
Himself
as Director of the Office of Strategic Services
Preceded by
Himself
as Coordinator of Information
Director of the Office of Strategic Services
1942–1945
Succeeded by
John Magruder
as Director of the Strategic Services Unit
Preceded by
Edwin F. Stanton
United States Ambassador to Thailand
1953–1954
Succeeded by
John Peurifoy
Party political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Charles H. Tuttle
Republican nominee for Governor of New York
1932
Succeeded by
Robert Moses

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