Joseph Edward Cannon
|HOME OF RECORD
1216 Dakota Avenue, Gladstone, MI
|NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. Peter R. Cannon
|DATE OF BIRTH
December 23, 1917
|DATE OF LOSS
January 11, 1943
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
New Georgia / Munda
Missing In Action
Declared Dead February 19, 1945
|CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
First Lieutenant Joe Cannon was a Marine fighter pilot flying out of Henderson Field, Guadalcanal. He was credited with two confirmed kills during aerial combat over Munda, New Georgia.
On 11 January 1943, Cannon piloted F4F-4 Bureau Number 03494 on a mission to escort American bombers on a strike against Munda. They were intercepted en route by a force of Japanese Zeros, and in the ensuing dogfight Cannon’s Wildcat was hit. His aircraft was last seen falling towards the sea, fuel tank on fire.
Despite rumors that he had parachuted safely to a nearby island, Joe Cannon was never seen alive again. He was officially declared dead on 19 February 1945.
Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart
|LAST KNOWN RANK
|STATUS OF REMAINS
Fernwood Cemetery, Gladstone, MI
Manila American Cemetery
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