Tel: 1(905) 634-3848

Text: 1(905) 906-3848

Purveyors of Authentic Militaria

eMedals-WWII Legion of Merit Group to Major John J. Donovan

Item: W1391

WWII Legion of Merit Group to Major John J. Donovan

Sold For

$600

Not available.

Ask a Question




  • If you have difficulty in reading the image above then refresh your browser a few times until you see an image that is clear enough to copy.
WWII Legion of Merit Group to Major John J. Donovan

WWII Legion of Merit Group to Major John J. Donovan - Legion of Merit, Legionnaire Grade, silver gilt and enamels (John. J. Donovan); Army Commendation Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters (John J. Donovan); Army Reserve Medal; American Defense Service Medal with FOREIGN SERVICE Clasp; American Campaign Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Four Bronze Stars; World War II Victory Medal; Army of Occupation Medal; and Army Reserve Medal. Naming is engraved on the Legion of Merit and Army Commendation Medal. Unmounted, original ribbons, near mint. Accompanied by three Ribbon Bars (one with three ribbons: Army Commendation Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters, American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star and American Campaign Medal, 10.7 mm x 106.5 mm, horizontal pinback; one with three ribbons: European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Four Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal, 10.7 mm x 106.5 mm, horizontal pinback; one with One Ribbon: Army Reserve Medal, 11 mm x 36 mm without pinback); a Certificate Promoting Him To Captain (to John Joseph Donovan, appointing him to the rank of Captain of Field Artillery effective December 17, 1930, dated January 10, 1931, 201 mm x 303 mm, board mounted); a Certificate Promoting Him To Major (to John Joseph Donovan, appointing him to the rank of Major, Field Artillery effective May 2, 1940, dated May 21, 1940, 203 mm x 304 mm); a Legion of Merit Award Certificate (to Colonel John J. Donovan, 0 204 798, General Staff Corps for Extraordinary Fidelity and Exceptionally Meritorious Conduct in the Performance of Outstanding Service from November 1, 1943 to August 21, 1945, dated September 26, 1947, 252 mm x 302 mm, board mounted); a Legion of Merit Citation (to Colonel John J. Donovan, 0204798, General Staff Corps, Army of the United States, with Official War Department HQ. First Service Command Seal and Ribbons, 203 mm x 279 mm); an Army Commendation Medal Award Certificate (to Lieutenant Colonel John J. Donovan, A.S.N. 0204798 for Meritorious Achievement from January 1943 to September 1943, dated December 30, 1949, 253 mm x 304 mm); an Army Commendation Medal Award Certificate, First Oak Leaf Cluster (to Colonel John J. Donovan, A.S.N. 0204798 for Meritorious Achievement from August 22, 1945 to December 11, 1945, dated December 30, 1949, 253 mm x 304 mm); an Army Commendation Medal Citation (to Colonel John J. Donovan, 0-204798, General Staff Corps, Army of the United States, dated April 16, 1946, with Official HQ. First Service Command Seal and Ribbons, 203 mm x 302 mm); an Army Commendation Medal Oak Leaf Cluster Citation (to Colonel John J. Donovan, 0204798. GSC, Army of the United States, undated, with Official HQ. First Service Command Seal and Ribbons, 226 mm x 300 mm); an Army Presidential Unit Citation (gilt frame housing a faded blue ribbon, 13.5 mm x 36 mm); an Army Senior Parachutist Badge (silver, marked "KREW G-I" on the reverse, 28.5 mm x 38.5 mm); an Army Master Parachutist Badge (blackened metal, maker marked "N.S. MEYER, INC. NEW YORK" on the reverse, 30.5 mm x 38.6 mm); a pair of Colonel Collar Insignias (silvered metal, left and right facing, maker marked "N.S. MEYER, INC. NEW YORK" and marked "SHOLD-R-FORM" on the reverse, 19.5 mm x 38 mm each); a pair of Field Artillery Collar Insignias (bronze, one maker marked "AMICO" on the reverse, the other unmarked, 19.2 mm x 35.7 mm each); a Military Police Corps Collar Insignia (bronze, marked "D22" on the reverse, 19.2 mm x 32.5 mm); a U.S. Collar Insignia (bronze, marked "D22" on the reverse, 11.3 mm x 21.3 mm); a U.S. Army Europe Shoulder Insignia (seven-colour embroidery, 63.5 mm x 85 mm); a First Service Command Shoulder Insignia (two-colour embroidery, 79 mm x 79 mm); an Armoured Forces Shoulder Insignia (four-colour embroidery, 86 mm x 93 mm); a Coat-or-Arms Cap Badge (bronze gilt, maker marked "LUDLOW LONDON" on the reverse, 57.5 mm x 58 mm); two Coat-of-Arms Uniform Buttons (bronze with brass inserts, maker marked "AMERICAN EMBLEM CO. UTICA, N.Y." on their reverses, 28.3  mm each); and an Honorable Service "Ruptured Duck" Veteran's Pin (bronze, 11.8 mm x 16.7 mm). Documents exhibit various degrees of soiling, one with repair.   Footnote: Legion of Merit Citation inscribed "Colonel JOHN J. DONOVAN, 020478, General Staff Corps, Army of the United States, as Director of Personnel, First Service Command, from 1 November 1943 to 21 August 1945, rendered exceptionally meritorious service. Under his direction, implementation and augmentation of existing services in the Command were accomplished in an orderly and forceful manner. His intelligent planning and vigorous prosecution of work undertaken were largely responsible for the high state of efficiency established and maintained. Colonel Donovan demonstrated an exceptional understanding and appreciation of personnel problems, outstanding ability to analyze situations and great resourcefulness in providing proper solutions thereto. Under a constant and rigid personnel economy program guided by Colonel Donovan the Command effectively operated within it personnel authorizations despite the addition of many increased responsibilities and activities. His signal achievements materially contributed to the success of the war time mission of the First Service Command and the Army." Army Commendation Medal Citation inscribed "For expectionally (sic) meritorious service as Chief, Officer Procurement Branch, Personnel Division, First Service Command, from 13 January 1943 to September 1943. Colonel Donovan demonstrated outstanding organizational ability, tact and superior judgement in the performance of his mission. The diplomatic manner in which he dealt with civilian agencies brought about the procurement of hundreds of applicants for commissions for the scarce categories required by the War Department. His untiring efforts in the Officers Procurement program were responsible in large measure for the creditable achievements of the First Service Command in the procurement of officers during the war." Army Commendation Medal Oak Leaf Cluster Citation inscribed "For exceptionally meritorious service in the performance of duty as Chief of Staff, First Service Command, from 22 August 1945 to 11 December 1945. Colonel Donovan displayed initiative and resourcefulness in anticipating and overcoming the problems of a rapidly-changing Service Command; keen foresight, discriminating judgment, and sound professional knowledge in directing and coordinating the work of his Staff at headquarters and in the field. His keen evaluation of objectives, intelligent advance planning and vigorous prosecution were in a large measure responsible for the high state of efficiency throughout the period that he served as Chief of Staff."
Back To Top