Shannon, Joseph Lewis, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1964-1972, 117th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
Service Years
1939 - 1972
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Coal Valley, Alabama
Last Address
Birmingham, Alabama

Date of Passing
Jan 05, 2010
Location of Interment
Elmwood Cemetery - Birmingham, Alabama
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Force Commander

 Unofficial Badges 

US Air Force Honorable Discharge US Army Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He flew 70 combat missions in the Mediterranean Theater and another 32 combat missions in the China-Burma-India Theater during WWII and was credited with damaging 1 enemy aircraft in aerial combat and destroying 3 more on the ground.  He also flew in the Bay of Pigs invasion operation in Cuba in Apr 1961.
Other Comments:

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Aviator (Command)

 National Guard Awards

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Army National Guard (ARNG)United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)97th Fighter Squadron
82nd Fighter Group2nd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron,  Air Route, MediumAlabama Air National Guard117th Reconnaissance Wing
117th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
  1939-1940, Army National Guard (ARNG)
  1940-1942, AAF MOS 750, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 770, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1942-1944, AAF MOS 1056, 97th Fighter Squadron
  1942-1944, AAF MOS 1056, 82nd Fighter Group
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1081, 2nd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, Air Route, Medium
  1947-1951, Alabama Air National Guard
  1953-1961, 117th Reconnaissance Wing
  1964-1972, 117th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1962-1962 Cuban Missile Crisis
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  B-25 Mitchell  A-26 (B-26) Invader  P-51/F-51 Mustang  
RF-84F Thunderflash  RF-4C  Phantom II  
  1942-1944, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)1
  1944-1945, B-25 Mitchell
  1946-1961, A-26 (B-26) Invader
  1947-1950, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1957-1971, RF-84F Thunderflash
  1971-1972, RF-4C Phantom II
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