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Famous Veterans Birthdays – June 5th
Famous Veterans Celebrating Birthdays Today (June 5th):
Famous Veterans Born June 5, 1924:
Art Donovan – NFL: Baltimore Colts – (Marine Corps WWII 1943-1945) – Died: August 4, 2013
Pro Football Hall of Famer and former #DefensiveTackle for the #BaltimoreColts, #NewYorkYanks and #DallasTexans.
Art “The Bulldog” Donovan received a scholarship to the University of Notre Dame in 1942 but left after one semester to join the #UnitedStatesMarineCorps, enlisting in April 1943. He served four years, to include service in the Pacific Theatre during #WorldWarII. He took part in some of the conflict’s fiercest engagements, such as the Battle of Luzon and the #BattleofIwoJima. He also served as an ammo-loader on a 40mm gun on the aircraft carrier #USSSanJacinto and as member of 3rd Marine Division. His earned citations, which included the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the Philippine Liberation Medal, and would later earn him a place in the U.S. Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame, the first pro football player so honored. After the war, he completed his college career at Boston College.
Art Donovan… another on a long list of FamousVeterans.com