Grave marker for Jack Thomas Shannon (Col., Ret.) in Section J of
the Fairview Cemetery, Council Bluffs (Pottawattamie county), Iowa,
Major Shannon was announced as the Regimental Plans and
Training officer (S-3) on 1 August 1943 and was relieved of the duty three
weeks later. Such cycling of officers through various staff duties was
common as skills were strengthened and broadened.
He left the 508th in the Spring of 1944 to lead a three man
inter-Allied Office of Strategic Services (OSS) team, codenamed “ Bergamot”,
which would later jump behind enemy lines in France in July 1944 and remain
on the round until September.
His career apparently continued in Special Forces and he
retired as a full Colonel.