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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Shannon, Edward W, 1927- Oral History Interview, 2002

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Shannon, Edward W., 1927-. Oral History Interview, 2002.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1708

Shannon, Edward W., 1927-. Oral History Interview, 2002. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1708. 2 folders and 1 audiocassette.


The Edward W. Shannon collection consists of an audiocassette and transcript of an oral history interview conducted between Shannon and Daardi Sizemore in 2002. Shannon was drafted into the Army during World War II and later enlisted in the Army Reserves. He talks about his time in the service, experiences overseas, and his job in Communications. Shannon was discharged after World War II as Staff Sergeant in the United States Army.

This oral history interview was conducted as part of the South Central Minnesota Veterans History Project conducted by the Southern Minnesota Historical Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Biographical Note:

Edward W. Shannon was born in Baker, Oregon in 1927. He grew up there and in 1945 was drafted into the Army at the end of World War II. While in the service Shannon traveled around the United States working in Communications and was then sent to Korea for 10 months. He then came back to the United States, traveled a little more and in February 1947 was discharged from Fort Lewis, Washington. In 1947, Shannon came to Minnesota and started school at Mankato State College. While attending school he joined with a local unit called the 330th Army Band. They decided to go on active duty and in1950 were sent to Camp McCoy, Wisconsin for 19 months. When they returned to Mankato, he was discharged. Shannon taught school for 4 years in Mankato and then moved to Albert Lea, Minnesota. He worked for Olson Manufacturing for 20 years and has been working with the Albert Lea Tribune for the last 18 years. Shannon is a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Disabled American Veteran's.


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Collection Citation:

Shannon, Edward W., 1927-. Oral History Interview, 2002. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1708, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Edward W. Shannon donated this collection June 2002.

Processed By:

Julie Dornack transcribed the interview in 2003. Brittney Andringa processed this collection in November 2003.

Related Collections:

A copy of this oral history interview is also available from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Information is available on the National Registry of Service website for the national Veterans History Project. It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Edward W. Shannon available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Shannon, Edward W., 1927-, interviewee.
Shannon, Edward W., 1927---Interviews.
Sizemore, Daardi, interviewer.
World War, 1939-1945.
Korean War, 1950-1953.
United States. Army.
Veterans History Project.
Oral History.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1708



Oral History Interview, Cassette, 2002



Transcript, 2002



Photograph, 2002