The exhausted troops of the 42nd Rainbow Division were plugged into the line in the Argonne in the middle of October 1918 south of a village named Landres-et-St. Georges. They were facing three defensive trenches and were constantly under regular gas barrage. Lt. Col. William Donovan commanded men of the 165th Infantry (Fighting 69th) during the action. He wrote a letter describing the fight when he was in the hospital recovering from a wound he received in the battle. Donovan would later receive the Medal of Honor for his service in the action.