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William J. Donovan
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    (January 1, 1883-February 8, 1959)
    Born in Buffalo, New York
    Lawyer, soldier and intelligence officer
    Headed the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II
    Called the 'Father of American Intelligence' and 'Father of Central Intelligence'
    Nicknamed 'Wild Bill'
    He spent his honeymoon touring Russia to collect intelligence.
    He ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor and governor of New York.
    During a meeting with Mussolini, he congratulated Il Duce on his 'great victory' in crushing Ethiopia.
    He sometimes neglected basic intelligence gathering due to his fascination with spy gadgetry.
    He ignored orders from Generals Eisenhower and Marshall to stay in London during the D-Day invasion, hitched a ride to the Normandy beaches, and almost got captured by the Germans while touring the front.
    During World War I, he earned two Purple Hearts, the Distinguished Service Cross and the Medal of Honor.
    He left his Medal of Honor at the armory of his regiment, the Fighting 69th, saying, 'It doesn't belong to me. It belongs to the boys who are not here, the boys who are resting under the white crosses in France or in the cemeteries of New York.'
    Six months before Pearl Harbor, he sent a memo to President Roosevelt advocating the creation of a central intelligence agency, warning 'Strategy, without information upon which it can rely, is helpless.'
    He received an honorary British knighthood for his WWII services.
    He served as a special assistant to the prosecutor at the post-war Nuremberg Military Tribunals.
    His daughter died in a car accident.
    President Eisenhower eulogized him as 'the last hero.'

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