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Gannon, James J. (P2, C2, L23)

Private James J. Gannon of Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky, joined the Kentucky National Guard's Troop I of the 123rd Cavalry in May 1940. The unit was redesignated as Battery C, 106th Coast Artillery, (AA) in November 1940 and he was inducted into federal service with his unit in January 1941. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on 16 October 1921. He listed his civilian occupation as farmer. He was killed in action on 26 April 1945. He is buried in the New Albany Indiana National Cemetery and listed as James J Gannon.

    Jimmie Gannon Dies in Action on German Soil

    The Springfield Sun May 10,1945 page 1

    Washington County Boy, Member Old National guard Troop Here, Was Killed April 26; Raised by Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Mud

    Others Reported Killed

    According to a telegram Tuesday from the War Department to Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Mudd, Bloomfield Road, Pvt. James J. Gannon, 25, was killed in action in Germany April 26, 1945.

    An orphan, Jimmie, as he was affectionately called, was raised by Mr. and Mrs. Mudd, who loved him as a son.  He had been in service about five years having been a member of the old National guard Troop in Springfield. He went to Camp Huelin and received his early training, then went to England; North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and participated in the invasion of France and Germany. No details of his death were given.

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    With Our Boys

    The Springfield Sun May 17,1945 page unknown

    A memorial service was held at St. Rose at 8 o'clock Monday morning, May 14, 1945, for Pvt. Jimmie Gannon, who was killed in action in Germany April 26. Ft. McQuillan was celebrant of the Mass and Fr. Sheridan presided at the organ. Fr. Holl was soloist and the choir was composed of Novices. Members of the local company Active State Militia attended the service in a body. Pvt. Gannon was reared in the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Mudd, Bloomfield Road. His only survivor is a sister, Miss Mary Gannon, Louisville.

 

The Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund, Inc., is a recognized 501(c)(3). EIN 26-3705273
 

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