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.
Other casualties of the 106th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion (Automatic Weapons) (Self-Propelled) during World War II were: T/5 James C. Berry; T/5 Gordon B. Brooks; T/5 Joseph R. Carrico; SGT John E. Parrott and T/5 Raymond J. Ramsey.
The reorganization of the United States Army shortly before World War converted Kentucky's 123rd Cavalry on November 1, 1940, as the 103rd Coast Artillery (Antiaircraft) Separate Battalion and the 106th Coast Artillery (Antiaircraft) Separate Battalion.
The 106th Coast Artillery (Antiaircraft) Separate Battalion, began training at Camp Hulen, located near Palacios, Texas, in January 15, 1941. The unit arrived in Northern Ireland on May 15. On October 19, when it was transferred to North Africa. The battalion took part in Operation TORCH, the invasion of North Africa, arriving at Algeria on November 7. Between November 17, 1942 to May 13, 1943, the 106th participated in the Tunisian Campaign. The battalion left Africa and arrived in Sicily on July 10. The 106th participated in the Sicily campaign between July 9 and August 17. On September 16, the 106th departed from Sicily and moved to Italy, remained there until August 12, 1944, and participating in the Naples-Foggia Campaign. The battalion landed in Southern France on August 15. The 106th left France on December 20 and went to Germany. The unit returned to the U. S. December 2nd. The battalion was inactivated the following day, December 3, 1945 at Camp Shanks, New York. On January 29, 1947, it was reorganized and redesignated as the 623rd Field Artillery Battalion with Headquarters at Glasgow, Kentucky. Currently the lineage and honors of the 106th is carried by the 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery.
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.
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.