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|50k||George Ham Cannon was born in Webster Groves, Mo. on 5 November 1915 and later moved to Detroit, Mich. He graduated from Southeastern High School and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. While in attendance at the university he joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps, and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in June 1938. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Engineer Reserve, US Army during his last school year but resigned to accept a commission as second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Commissioned on 25 June 1938, he was ordered to duty on 5 July 1938, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
His first tour of duty was aboard USS Boise. He was assigned to the Post Service Battalion at the Marine Barracks, Quantico, Va. on 10 July 1940 and then ordered to the Marine Corps Base in San Diego, Cal. in December 1940 where he joined Battery H, 2d Defense Battalion. In March 1941, the battery joined the 6th Defense Battalion sailed for Pearl Harbor in July. In August 1941, he was promoted to first lieutenant. On 7 September 1941, 1stLt Cannon reported to Midway Island as a platoon leader and member of the Battalion Coding Board. He was killed in action on the first day of World War II, 7 December 1941, during the sneak attack by Japanese forces. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for extraordinary courage during the bombardment of Midway Island. He remained at his Command Post despite being mortally wounded by enemy shell fire and refused evacuation until his men were evacuated, and he continued to directed the reorganization of his Command Post until forcibly removed. As a result of his utter disregard of his own condition, he later died from loss of blood. First Lieutenant Cannon was initially buried in Halawa Cemetery, Honolulu, Hi. and was later reinterred at the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu in 1947.
USS Cannon (DE 99) (1943-1944) was the first ship named in his honor.
|34k||15 September 1943: Cannon near Wilmington, Del. on sea trials. (Photo: National Archives #BuShips51462)||Nick Tiberio|
|532k||15 September 1943: Delaware Bay - A port bow view of Cannon taken near Wilmington, Del. (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-99-19-N-51457 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of Chris Wright)||Ed Zajkowski|
|578k||15 September 1943: Delaware Bay - A port bow aerial view of Cannon taken on sea trials near Wilmington, Del. (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-99-19-N-51463 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of Chris Wright)|
|675k||15 September 1943: Delaware Bay - A starboard bow aerial view of Cannon taken near Wilmington, Del. (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-99-19-N-51464 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of Chris Wright)|
|59k||undated, As NAe Baependi (U-27) in Brazilian Service. (Official Brazilian Navy Photo)||Luiz Brazil Cotta,
FT3 Brazilian Navy (ret.)
|62k||date / location unknown||Robert Hurst|
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