Harold Douglas Shannon
Colonel, United States Marine Corps
D. Shannon, born on 16 September 1892 at Chicago, Ill., enlisted in the
United States Marine Corps on 17 October 1913 and served in Mexico in 1914.
On 5 July 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
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 to Pearl Harbor; and, in September 1941, to Midway Island. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his leadership in the defense of that island 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,
where he died on 16 February 1943.
USS Shannon (DM-25) was named in his honor.
Died. Marine Corps Colonel Harold Douglas Shannon, 50, commander of the ground forces in the Battle of Midway; of pneumonia; in San Diego.
A much-decorated World War I veteran, he won the Distinguished Service Medal for his Midway defense. Of the four-day battle he observed last fall: "The only Japs that landed on Midway were dead ones."
SHANNON, HAROLD DOUGLAS
Photo By M. R. Patterson, December 2004