Donald Lewis Shannon
Corporal, United States Army Air Corps
of Donald Shannon, His Nephew,
Donald Lewis Shannon, Corporal,
United States Army Air Corps
First child of Walter James Shannon and Mary
Graduated from Royal Oak (Michigan) High School at age 17, where he was a talented runner and good student.
Drafted into the United States Army Air Corps during his Freshman Year at the University of Michigan, 1942, following his 18th birthday and eligibility for service.
Killed when the landing gear on the aircraft,
en route from Dakar to Brazil, failed during a refuel stop on Ascension
Island. Died during the crash by the explosion of a fuel tank while
checking on passengers in the cargo hold. He was initially buried
on Ascension Island but was re-interred to Arlington after the war. Buried
in Section 10, Site 11056, next to his maternal uncle Harold Dewey Smith,
Arlington National Cemetery.
SMITH, HAROLD DEWEY
Posted: 16 July 2008