USS Shannon, a 2200-ton Robert H. Smith class light minelayer, was built at Bath, Maine. Begun as a destroyer (designated DD-737), she was converted to a minelayer while under construction and was commissioned in September 1944. Shannon was sent to the Pacific in November 1944, following her shakedown. During 1945, she took part in the Iwo Jima and Okinawa campaigns and assisted with post-war minesweeping activities before returning to the United States late in the year.
Shannon remained part of the active fleet after World War II, serving in the Atlantic. She made a cruise to West Africa in 1947 and to the Mediterranean Sea in 1950-51. Decommissioned in October 1955, she was redesignated MMD-25 in 1968, while in "mothballs". USS Shannon was stricken from the Navy list in November 1970 and was delivered for scrapping in May 1973.
USS Shannon was named in honor of Colonel Harold D. Shannon, USMC, who commanded Marine shore defenses during the Battle of Midway.
This page features our only view of USS Shannon and provides information on photographs that should be available at the National Archvies.
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Photo #: 80-G-K-3816 (Color)
USS Shannon (DM-25)
Steams past task forces gathering for the Okinawa Operation, circa March 1945. Location is probably Ulithi Atoll.
Ships in the near background include USS Flint (CL-97), in left center, and USS Miami (CL-89), at right. Three Essex class aircraft carriers are anchored in the middle distance. USS Enterprise (CV-6) is at the far left.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
Online Image: 92KB; 740 x 510 pixels
Reproductions of this image may also be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system.
While the Naval Historical Center has no other views of USS Shannon, the National Archives appears to hold several more, including those described below:
The images listed below are NOT in
the Naval Historical Center's collections. DO NOT try to obtain
them using the procedures described in our page "How to Obtain
USS Shannon (DM-25), starboard bow surface view of the ship off Boston, Massachusetts, on 23 September 1944. The ship is in pattern camouflage (Measure 32, Design 3D) and has a large number of mines on deck.
USS Shannon (DM-25), starboard broadside surface view. Place and date as for 80-G-382859.
USS Shannon (DM-25), starboard stern surface view. Place and date as for 80-G-382859.
USS Shannon (DM-25), port broadside surface view. Place and date as for 80-G-382859.
USS Shannon (DM-25), starboard stern aerial view of the ship off Boston light ship, Massachusetts, 23 September 1944.
USS Shannon (DM-25), port bow aerial view. Place and date as for 80-G-282659.
USS Shannon (DM-25), starboard bow aerial view. Place and date as for 80-G-282659.
Reproductions of these images should be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system for pictures not held by the Naval Historical Center.
The images described above are NOT in the Naval Historical Center's collections. DO NOT try to obtain them using the procedures described in our page "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions.".
18 May 1999