William Donovan
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1883
Date of Death: 1959
Cause of Death: Dementia
Religion: Catholicism
Occupation: Lawyer, Soldier, Spy, Ambassador
Professional Affiliations: Office of Strategic Services
Military Branch: United States Army (World War I, World War II)
Political Party: Republican Party
Fictional Appearances:
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Striking the Balance
Type of Appearance: Direct
Professional Affiliations: OSS (World War II, Race Invasion of Tosev 3)

Major General William Joseph "Wild Bill" Donovan, KBE USA (January 1, 1883 – February 8, 1959) was an American soldier, lawyer and intelligence officer, best remembered as World War II-era head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS).

William Donovan in Worldwar[]

William "Wild Bill" Donovan was an American general and commander of the US's covert force, the Office of Strategic Services, during World War II and the war against the Race's Conquest Fleet.

In 1944, after a cease-fire had been reached between the Big Five independent powers and the Race, Donovan was stationed in Hot Springs, Arkansas. As his job required him to "know everything", Donovan made himself fluent in the Race's language, a fact which surprised Sergeant Sam Yeager when the two met. Donovan consulted Yeager on the explosive-metal bomb that the US military had delivered to Arkansas from Denver. Yeager had an admittedly rudimentary grasp of the technology of the bomb, but shared everything he could with Donovan.[1]


  1. Striking the Balance, pgs. 386-389.
Political offices
New office Coordinator of Information
Succeeded by
as Director of the Office of Strategic Services
Preceded by
as Coordinator of Information
Director of the Office of Strategic Services
Succeeded by
John Magruder
as Director of the Strategic Services Unit
Preceded by
Edwin F. Stanton
United States Ambassador to Thailand
Succeeded by
John Peurifoy
Party political offices
Preceded by
Charles H. Tuttle
Republican nominee for Governor of New York
Succeeded by
Robert Moses