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William J. Donovan's Garment Bag

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William J. Donovan earned his nickname “Wild Bill” because of his resourcefulness during combat and the difficult physical drills he made his regiment do.

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.

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