Off the Wall: America Legion Post introduces new series

Print More

American Legion Post #182 is presenting a history of Granby from the eyes of the Legion, which has been an integral part of the community for many years. As we look back, we are going to take our inspiration from the walls of Post #182 on which hang many articles, pictures and plaques from years past. We are going to call this series of articles Off the Wall.

Shannon-Shattuck Post #182 was named to honor Philip Shannon and Glen Shattuck.

Philip Shannon was born in Granby on Nov. 2, 1893, the son of William and Mary Shannon. The Shannon home was located at approximately 147 Salmon Brook St. Philip enlisted into the U.S. Army during WWI on March 29, 1917 as a private. He was promoted to Private First Class on Sept. 13, 1917.

Shannon served in Company F, 1st Infantry, Connecticut National Guard from March 24, 1917 through August 22, 1917. From August 22, 1917 through August 13, 1918, he served in Company F, 102nd Infantry, 20th Division attached to the A.E.F., (American Expeditionary Force).

Shannon was wounded on July 25, 1918 at Chateau-Thierry, France and died from his wounds on August 13, 1918. He was initially buried in France but later his body returned to Connecticut where he was interned in St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Tariffville, on August 25, 1920.

Glen Shattuck was born in Granby on April 20, 1917, the son of Edwin H. and Isabelle Shattuck in the Shattuck home at 254 Salmon Brook St. He graduated from Simsbury High School, class of 1935.

Glen enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Air Group on Feb. 16, 1942. He attended Radio Operator School at Texas A&M college. He transferred to Fighter Squadron #132, San Diego, California on Sept. 18, 1942 as radio operator and rear gunner. Shattuck was shot down at Guadalcanal approximately mid-December 1942.

Shattuck’s family was notified by U.S.M.C. telegram on Dec. 21, 1942 that Glen was missing in action. He was declared officially presumed dead on Dec. 24, 1943 by telegram from Lt. General Holcomb, Commandant, U.S.M.C.

The American Legion Shannon-Shattuck Post #182 is proud to share the names of two native Granby residents who served our country with honor, distinction and gave their lives as part of that dedication.

This article was taken from a plaque researched and written by James O. Hall. Article submitted by Clifford W. Burrell.