The History of New York State
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|#1 He was further decorated
for extraordinary bravery on a later occasion, as the following citation
"For extraordinary heroism in action near Landres and St. Georges, France, October 14-15, 1918, Colonel Donovan was awarded a bronze oak-leaf cluster to be worn with the distinguished service cross. He personally led the assaulting wave in an attack upon a very strongly organized position, and when our troops were suffering heavy casualties encouraged all near him by his example, moving among his men in exposed positions, was wounded in the leg by a machine gun bullet, he refused to be evacuated and continued with his unit until it withdrew to a less exposed position."He had by that time been promoted to lieutenant-colonel. Eventually, when he rejoined his regiment at Coblenz, Germany, he was advanced to a colonlcy--a commanding officer worthy of such a regiment as the Fighting Sixty-ninth.
#2 the 79th Division.
#3 The 78th Division was ordered to retire to Authe, and there reorganize its battered units for further service. But it was not to again go to the front. It retired to the rest-area near Cete d'Or, "the spot made historic by the presence of Vercingetorix and the Roman armies of old." Then came the long waiting for departure home. This period of :killing time" was just as wearing as that in the trenches. The men yearned to go home. So did two million more American soldiers. But they had no option but to wait and pass the period of waiting in military maneuvers and recreation,. In addition quite a lot of schooling was inflicted upon them--instruction of the kind that would be of use to them in civil life. Finally, in May the longed-fir troop-movement came. The division reached Philadelphia in that month, and soon the men were mustered out at Camp Dix, N. J.
#4 The fall of Sedan and the entry of French units, by the courts of the 42nd division, on November 6, has seemed to foretell the almost immediate coming of peace. the 42nd division had had a hand in the crowning humiliation of the Teutons. And, by the terms of the Armistice, it was seen that Germany was to be still more humiliated. An Army of Occupation was to stalk unchallenged through some of the most previous provinces of the Rhineland. The 42nd Division went on to Coblenz. However, the casualties that were to come to the Division, by sickness, during the period of occupation, would not appreciably swell the list. The causality list of the 42nd Division was heavy enough already. Indeed, one can from it gain a very clear idea of the fighting done by the Rainbow Division in France. The division lost in killed, wounded, and other casualties 422 officer and 12,963 men.
The History of New York State, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1927
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