Donovan's Devils is an elite group working for the American President.
This series would not have been included in the compendium were it not for the fact that the soldiers in the small detachment were made answerable to the Oval Office, making them his private team going into places he wouldn't want the world to know about.
James Donovan was a captain in the Army, planning to resign his commission to enter the private sector when his former commanding officer, General Blaine, asked him to take a very special assignment. The task was to put together a group, made up of some of the biggest "mistakes" the army had made. And then to take that team into areas they wouldn't normally go to accomplish the impossible. Donovan was not very responsive to the idea, especially since it would put his upcoming marriage to a beautiful heiress in jeopardy but he did reluctantly accept.
The concept is hardly new. Lee Marvin did it seven years before in the Dirty Dozen, though Donovan's men are just misfits, not criminals; hard cases with attitude but with unique skills Donovan needs. Of interest is the oddity of the concept in the context it is used. If the purpose behind the group was secrecy in the actions, picking a group of "mistakes" seems an strange decision.
The men that make up the "Savage Six", as they are also referenced, are:
Arthur "Houdini" Gibbs - an escape artist,
Irvin "The Bear" Randolph - the muscle/strongman of the team,
Joseph Teal - the driver and mechanic
Francis Quinn - weapons master
Oliver Bogan - lethal killer.
Nathan Carey - grifter and conman.