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William J. Donovan's Garment Bag

Artifact Details

A canvas bag with straps and handles and "W.J. Donovan" printed on the side.

Then-Lt. Col. William Donovan used this garment bag during his service at the Western Front during World War I. He commanded the 1st Battalion of the 165th Volunteers Regiment of the 42nd Division and earned the Medal of Honor for his service. Marked with his division designation, the canvas bag has a leather handle and straps to secure it when rolled.

Additional Photos

A view of the bag full with the handles facing upwards.
A close view of the lettering on the bag, reading "42nd division, AEF. France."

Learn More

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