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Shannon Family Correspondence

Identifier: MSS-3296

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two letters written to members of the Shannon family. The first is written by Howard P. Ruff, Sergeant First Class, United States Navy, during World War II, to Reverend R. A. Shannon. The letter is written on stationery from the U.S. Naval Auxiliary Air Station, Twenty-nine Palms, California, post-marked from Port Hueneme, California, and addressed to Dubuque, Iowa. The letter discusses an unidentified quarrel between the two men, naval discipline, and general daily activities of life as an enlisted man as well as civilian life during World War II. The second letter is written by John (J.C.) to his Aunt Leone Shannon. The letter was written from Oahu, Hawaii, to Dubuque, Iowa, during World War II. John discusses general news of his daily activities, responds to Leones reports on family members and news from home, and discusses the lack of celebration on V. E. (Victory in Europe) Day.


  • 1945



Biographical / Historical

Robert A. Shannon was married to Leone Shannon. According to the United States Federal Census Leone was born about 1896. Her father was born in Wales and her mother's name was Mary Shannon. According to the Social Security Death Index Leone died in November 1979, in Dubuque, Iowa.

John C. was Leone's nephew and served in the United States Army during World War II. He was stationed in Oahu, Hawaii.

Per the Social Security Death Index records, Howard Ruff was born on 13 July 1907, and died on March 15, 1982. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.


0.05 Linear Feet (2 letters)

Language of Materials



This collection contains one letter written by Howard P. Ruff to Reverend Robert A. (R. A.) Shannon and one letter written from John (J. C.) to his aunt, Leone Shannon, wife of R.A. Shannon.


Gift of Wade Hall, 2008

Processing Information

processed by Erin Schmidt 2011
Guide to the Shannon Family Correspondence
April 18, 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266