|Birth: ||Feb. 22, 1919|
|Death: ||Jun. 18, 1944|
Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Lt. U.S. Marines, WW2-Lt. Donovan was lost in action by the way of a troopship deployment to Saipan in the South Pacific on 6-18-1944. His body was never recovered.
He is the son of Mr. Leo Donovan & Mrs. Nelle Donovan of 101 Sherman Ave, in Peoria, Illinois, and the husband of the former Miss Mary Murray of 1713 Perry Avenue in Peoria. Lt. Donovan was a former sports writer for the Journal-Transcript. He is a 1937 graduate of Spalding Institute, and attended the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana, Illinois before his enlistment in April of 1941. Lt. Donovan completed his officer training at Quantico, Va., and was sent to Camp Pendleton at San Diego, Calif. His wife, Helen, was with him after he received his silver bars as a First Lieutenant. Lt. Donovan leaves one brother in the Marines, Robert Leo. Lt. Donovan's name appears on a tablet for the "MIssing" at the Punch Bowl, Hawaii.
Awards: American Defense Medal, American Camapign Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Pacific Camapign Medal with 2 Battle Stars, WWII Victory Medal.
Footnote: A daughter, Miss Margaret Ann, would be born to Lt. James & Mrs. Helen Donovan at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria on Sunday night, August 14, 1944.
Helen Murray McLinden (1919 - 2006)
Note: Entered the service from Illinois.
Created by: David C. Henderson
Record added: Jul 05, 2010
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