LTC James Andrew Shannon

LTC James Andrew Shannon

Granite Falls, Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota, USA
Death 8 Oct 1918 (aged 39)
Departement des Ardennes, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 3, Site 4438.
Memorial ID 55887577 · View Source
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Lieutenant Colonel, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, United States Army

USMA Class of 1903. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross. He was the son of Charles E. Shannon and Martha Gibson.

From his citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James A. Shannon, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Chatel Chehery, France, October 5 to 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.

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