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services for retired Brig. Gen. George M. Donovan will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov.
8, 2002, at First Baptist Church. Dr. Alton Fannin will officiate. Interment will
be at Hillcrest Memorial Park with full military honors. |
The family would like to invite all friends and relatives to a luncheon in memory of General Donovan at 1 p.m., prior to the funeral, at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.
George M. Donovan was born March 23, 1922, in Provence, Okla., to George Edwin and Sally Amerson Donovan. He departed this life on Nov. 4, 2002, at his home.
A lifelong Ardmore resident, he was married to Jacqueline Ford on April 1, 1941. She preceded him in death on March 24, 1972. He was married to the former Phyllis Huston on March 8, 1973, in Denton, Texas.
General Donovan enlisted as a private
in Company H 179th Infantry 45th Division on April 13, 1940. He participated in
the landing in Sicily, Naples, Salerno beachhead, and Anzio beachhead in Italy.
During this campaign he received a battlefield commission and promotion to platoon
sergeant. He was awarded the grade of second lieutenant following his capture
of nine Germans who were just 300 yards from his position. While serving as a
battalion reconnaissance officer near Maximeau, France, he was severely wounded.
He continued on his mission without medical aid until his capture by the German
Army. He remained a prisoner of war for 183 days until he was able to escape.
He was able to work his way to Tourn, Poland, where he was hidden by a Polish
family for 60 days until he could rejoin the U.S. forces. He was awarded the Bronze
Star for outstanding leadership and bravery. He returned to the United States
in April of 1945 where he received treatment and rehabilitation.