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James Andrew Shannon
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army
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October 20, 1918:

"Lieutenant Colonel James A. Shannon, a son-in-law of Brigadier General Eli D. Hoyle, U.S.A., until recently in command at Governors Island, has been killed in action.  Colonel Shannon was on the staff of General Pershng, and was a West Pointer in the Class if 1902.  When Congress declared war he was on duty as a military instructor at Harvard.  He was born in Minnesota thirty-nine years ago and leaves a wife and three children.

James Andrew Shannon, of Virginia, Minnesota, was born on 25 May 1879 and had a distinguished military career. He was the son of the late C. E. Shannon, of Duluth, Minnesota, and brother of Mrs. Harry Sleepack, of 2419 East Fourth Street, and had passed through West Point, having been appointed to the United States Military Academy by Judge Page Morris, then Congressman from this district.

Colonel Shannon was killed-in-action in World War I on 8 October 1918, having attained the grade of Lieutenant Colonel and a place on the staff of General John J. Pershing, in France.

Colonel Shannon was subsequently buried with full military honors in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery.

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Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5 - 6, 1918
General Orders No. No. 130, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Duluth, Minnesota


The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James A. Shannon, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Chatel-Chehery, France, October 5 - 6, 1918.

Lieutenant Colonel Shannon voluntarily led an officer's patrol to a depth of three kilometers within the enemy lines. As a result of his exceptional bravery and skill in leading this patrol in its contact with the enemy, vital information was obtained at a critical period of the battle, to which much of the success of the next few days was due. The information thus secured was followed up by an attack the next morning, which this officer personally led and wherein he was fatally wounded. His superb leadership and personal courage furnished the necessary inspiration to an exhausted command.

DATE OF DEATH: 10/08/1918

Posted: 27 April 2002 Updated: 10 August 2003 Updated: 14 May 2004 Updated: 16 October 2004 Updated: 7 January 2006 Updated: 4 September 2006
Updated: 3 August 2007 Updated: 17 October 2007
US Military Academy (West Point) SEAL

Distinguished Service Cross

Purple Heart Medal


JA Shannon Gravesite PHOTO October 2007
Photo By: M. R. Patterson, October 2007

JA Shannon Gravesite PHOTO
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 23 April 2004