Commander's Corner

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28)- The surviving family of an Iowa seaman killed in action during the attack at Pearl Harbor, which thrust the United States into World War II more than 75 years ago, will finally be coming home.

23 year old SM3c William James Shanahan Jr. of Cedar Rapids died on December 7, 1941.  Officially, Shanahan was listed as Missing in Action, along with many others whose remains were never recovered.  According to his family, William was born on July 22, 1918 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and attended St. Patrick's School in Cedar Rapids, graduating from St. Patrick's High School in 1936.  William was employed as a Gazette Carrier Salesman and later worked for the Concrete Materials Company.  William then chose to enlist in the U.S. Navy on October 5, 1940.  His father, William J Shanahan Sr. served in the U.S. Navy during World War I.

William is survived by his sister, Mary Lou Shanahan Pierce of Cedar Rapids, along with many nieces and nephews.  William's immediate family members were his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William J Shanahan Sr., brothers Robert, Thomas and Patrick, along with sisters Margaret and Patrica, all deceased.

Funeral services will be held will be held at St. Patrick's Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on September 3, 2019 at 10 AM, with Fr. Ivan Nienhaus officiating.  Graveside services with full military honors will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa immediately following the service at St. Patrick's Church.  Murdoch-Linwood Mortuary of Cedar Rapids, IA is assisting with the funeral arrangements.

Dick Hogan
Past Commander
2nd District
Department of Iowa
The American Legion



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