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Harold D. Shannon

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Harold Douglas Shannon
Harold D. Shannon.jpg
Shannon ca. Autumn 1942
Born(1892-09-16)September 16, 1892
Chicago, Illinois
DiedFebruary 11, 1943(1943-02-11) (aged 50)
San Diego, California
Place of burial
Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchSeal of the United States Marine Corps.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service1913 – 1943
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Battles/warsWorld War I
  • Battle of Belleau Wood

Banana Wars

  • Occupation of Nicaragua
  • Occupation of the Dominican Republic

World War II

  • First Bombardment of Midway
  • Battle of Midway

Harold Douglas Shannon (September 16, 1892 – February 16, 1943) was an officer in the United States Marine Corps.


Born in Chicago, Illinois, Shannon enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on October 17, 1913 and served in Mexico in 1914. On July 5, 1917, he was appointed Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserve and was subsequently commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. From October 1917 through the end of World War I, he served in France and was awarded the Silver Star and the Croix de Guerre for his actions during the Belleau Wood Campaign. In October 1919, he returned to the United States.

Over the next 20 years, he served at various stations in the United States and completed tours in Santo Domingo, Nicaragua, and the Panama Canal Zone. In July 1941, he was transferred from San Diego, California to Pearl Harbor; and, in September 1941, to Midway Island. He was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for his leadership of the 6th Defense Battalion during the Battle of Midway.

Colonel Shannon remained on Midway into August. He was then transferred to Pearl Harbor; and, in October, to San Diego, California, where he died on February 16, 1943 from pneumonia [1]


USS Shannon (DM-25) was named for him.

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topics World War I AND Biography : George Johnson (supercentenarian), Arthur Harvey, Alexander McCormick Jr., Chester Thomas O'Brien, Charles Wister Groff

Other articles of the topic World War I : Arthur Harvey, Participants in World War I, Battle of Henin, Balkans Campaign (World War I), Lyman Knute Swenson, Battle of Bafilo, List of people associated with World War I

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