Guide to the Papers of General John Kenneth Cannon,
1930-1954

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Creator: Cannon, John Kenneth, 1892-1955
Title: Papers of General John Kenneth Cannon
Dates: 1930-1954 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 10.5 linear ft.
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 41
Summary: Papers include biographical material, correspondence, personal papers, miscellaneous reports and orders, flight record, decorations, citations, awards. Correspondence primarily from the period when Cannon served as Commander in Chief of U.S. Air Forces in Europe (1945) with a limited amount of material in regard to his post as Commander of the U.S. 12th Air Force and all allied air forces in the European and Mediterranean theatres of World War II. Also includes collection of correspondence by Mrs. Cannon (LaVon Bennion) and such dignitaries as Dwight D. Eisenhower and Charles A. Lindbergh.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-1663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

Four Star General, U.S. Air Force; Commanding General of Mediterranean Allied Tactical Forces 1943-1945; Commander of Allied Air Forces in European and Mediterranean theatres, W.W. II; Strategist for "Operation Strangle"; Commander in Chief U.S. Air Force in Europe, 1945-1948; Head of Air Force Tactical Command, 1951-1954.

Content Description

Papers include biographical material, correspondence, personal papers, miscellaneous reports and orders, flight record, decorations, citations, awards. Correspondence primarily from the period when Cannon served as Commander in Chief of U.S. Air Forces in Europe (1945) with a limited amount of material in regard to his post as Commander of the U.S. 12th Air Force and all allied air forces in the European and Mediterranean theatres of World War II. Also includes collection of correspondence by Mrs. Cannon (LaVon Bennion) and such dignitaries as Dwight D. Eisenhower and Charles A. Lindbergh.

Forms part of Cache Valley Veterans Archives, Utah State University Special Collections.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Papers of General John Kenneth Cannon must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Papers of General John Kenneth Cannon, 1930-1954. (COLL MSS 41). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Correspondence arranged alphabetically.

Acquisition Information :  

This collection was donated to USU Special Collections and Archives by Lavon Bennion Cannon in 1976.

Related Materials :  

John Kenneth Cannon Photograph Collection P0382


Detailed Description of the Collection

Biographical Material And Addresses
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
1 l Biographical data
1 2 Biographical data
1 3 Biographical Sketch (150 page draft)
1 4 Biographical Sketch (unpaged draft)
1 5 Address, 6-21-1951: at Army War College, Fort Leavenworth KS
1 6 Address, 11-8-1951: at Army War College, Fort Leavenworth KS
1 7 Address, 6-7-1952: at Utah State Agricultural College, Logan
1 8 Address, 7-16-1952: at Nato Defense College
1 9 Address, 6-7-1953: at Miami International Airport, Florida
1 10 Address, 7-25-1953: at Quantico Marine Corps School, VA
1 11 Addresses, Misc
1 12 Addresses, Misc

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Correspondence, Incoming:
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 l Aimone-Cat, Mario - Alexander, Sir H.R
2 2 Allard, Jack - Anderson, F.L
2 3 Archaimbault, H. - Ayer, Frederick (click to view selected items)
2 4 Backman, Gus - Bay, C. Ulrick
2 5 Beamish, George - Bevans, J. M
2 6 Biffle, Leslie L. - Bowman, H.W
2 7 Bradley, Follett - Brizuela, Luis E
2 8 Brook, W.A.D. - Bryan, Travis B
2 9 Bull, H.R. - Burwell, James B
2 10 Campbell, John Neal - Chang, Sun W
2 11 Charbonneaux, P.E. - Churchill, Sir Winston
2 12 Cigerza, Enrico - Cleveland, Chester W
2 13 Cochran, Jacqueline - Copenhaver, John R
2 14 Craig, H.A. - Cunningham, Sir Allan G
2 15 D'Allra, Sir John Henry - Dick, William W
2 16 Donohue, Tilnothy W.- Drake, Alonzo
3 1 Eaker, Ira C. - Jan. - Sept. 1945
3 2 Eaker, Ira C. - Oct. 1945 - Jan. 1946
3 3 Earle, Edward Mead - Early, James
3 4 Edelman, Leonard E. - Evill, SirDouglas C.S
3 5 Fagg, W.L. - Fullerton, Hugh S
3 6 Gaffney, D.V. - Gerdine, Leigh
3 7 Gilbert, Donald L. - Gullett, John F
3 8 Haeff, Emrny ten - Hanley, Paul
3 9 Hardin, Thomas 0. - Haynes, C.V
3 10 Heilfron, M. - Homes,Madeline
3 ll Hopper, Effie - Hughes, John E
3 12 Hull, Harris B. - Hutchinson, John M
3 13 Infante, Adolfo - Jensen, Dale H
3 14 Johnson, Harry A. - Jones, Robert H
3 15 Keenan, Joseph - Keyes, Geoffrey
3 16 Kibler, Franklin A. - Kislenko
3 17 Knapp, Robert D. - Kroll, Bob
3 18 Kuter, Lawrence
4 l Lackas, John C. - Larson, W.T
4 2 Learned, E.P. - Leese, Sir Oliver
4 3 Lehne, Hank - Littlejohn, Robert M
4 4 Lloyd, Sir Hugh P. - Loewy, Erwin
4 5 Longfellow, Newt - Lyon, Ben
4 6 McAfee, James B. - McCrary
4 7 McDaniel, Carl B. - McKenna, Charles F
4 8 McKim, Kenneth W. - McRae, Thomas
4 9 Mace, Don - Mickle, Joe J
4 10 Miller, Joseph A. - Moore, Samuel T
4 11 Morgan, Ed - Mow, P.T
4 12 Muller, Walter J. - Myers, James
4 13 Nebeker, A.H. - Niergarth, O.O
4 14 Nordlinger, David A. - Nugent, R.E
4 15 Obermeyre, David H. - Oringer, Sanford G
4 16 Parkinson, Cannon - Paxton, A.G (click to view selected items)
4 17 Pelisse, P.A. - Powers, Edward Micheal
4 18 Prendergost, Albert C. - Quesada, E.A
5 l Rainey, Leroy A. - Rixey, George F
5 2 Roberts, G.C. - Rust, Armistead
5 3 Saltzman, Charles E. - Sawbridge, B.M
5 4 Schaller, Maurice - Schweiger, John M
5 5 Secco, Vasco Alves - Skanchy, Rex
5 6 Slessor, Sir John C. - Smyser, Rudolph E
5 7 Snagge, Ralph M. - Spalding, James T
5 8 Spivey, Dlemar T. - Stowell, James S
5 9 Stranathan, Leland S. - Stuyvesant, E.D
5 10 Sullivan, Joseph P. - Symington, W. Stuart
5 11 Taft, Robert - Taylor, Myron C
5 12 Tedder, Lord - Timberlake, E.J
5 13 Tobin, Ralph C. - Trudeau, Arthur G
5 14 Tucker, John H. - Twining, Nathan F
5 15 Ulrich, Edward F. - Von Ritter, Egan
5 16 Wade, Lee - Warner, Homer C
5 17 Webber, Kenneth E. - Weyland, O.P
5 18 Wheeler, Charles A. - Whittington, V.V
5 19 Wiehe, Anita - Wimsatt, Robert W.C
5 20 Withey, William W. - Wymond, G.O
5 21 Yates, Donald N. - Zumwalt, Ken

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Correspondence, Outgoing:
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
6 l Airey, Sir Terence - Atkinson, J.H
6 2 Barcus, Glenn 0. - Bertrandeau, Victor E
6 3 Biffle, Leslie L. - Brewer, C.W
6 4 Brizuela, Luis E. - Burwell, James B
6 5 Caffery, Jefferson - Cavoli, Joseph William
6 6 Chauncey, C.C. - Cleveland, Chester W
6 7 Cochrane, Sir Ralph - Culmsee, Carlton
6 8 Dahl, Leo P. - Deichelmann, Matthew K
6 9 Devers, Jacob L. - Dribben, William H
6 10 Eaker, Ira June - September, 1945
6 11 Eaker, Ira October - November, 1945
6 12 Eaker, Ira December - February, 1946
6 13 Earle, Edward Mead - French, C.R,
6 14 Gaffney, D.V. - Fulliver, Ashbel Green (click to view selected items)
6 15 Hall, Melvin - Howard, Walter
6 16 Hudleston, E.C. - Hutchison, John M
6 17 Infante, Adolfo - Jones, Robert H
7 l Kepner, William E. - Keyes, Geoffrey (click to view selected items)
7 2 Kibler, Franklin A. - Kuter, Lawrence S
7 3 Lackas, John C. - Larson, W.T
7 4 Learned, E.P. - Lewis, Millard
7 5 Lindbergh, Charles A. - Lyon, Ben
7 6 McAfee, James B. - Mcllnay, O.F
7 7 McKee, William F. - Mashburn, Neely C
7 8 Mechling, Edward - Moore, Samuel T
7 9 Morgan, Ed - Myers, James
7 10 Neal, Wilson H. - Nugent, R.E
7 11 Obermyer, David H. - Philardeau, P
7 12 Pletzer, Joe - Quesada, E.R
7 13 Rainey, Leroy A. - Ridgeway, Lindsey S
7 14 Rivele, John R. - Rumberg, Charles H
7 15 Saltzman, Charles E. - Secco, Vasco Alves
7 16 Shannon, Edith Ratcliff - Slessor, Sir John C
7 17 Smart, Jacob E. - Sprague, John T
7 18 Stannard, Bruce R. - Stratemeyer, George E
7 19 Strickland, A.C. - Symington, W. Stuart
8 l Talbot, Clarence P. - Twining, Nathan F
8 2 Ulrich, Edward F. - Warner, Homer C
8 3 Weber, Kenneth E. - Weyland, O. P
8 4 Wheeler, Charles A. - Wittkoll, H.M
8 5 Wolfe, K.B. - Zurnwalt, Ken Fan Mail
8 6 Baron, William - Crouch, Kenneth E
8 7 Dalton, Arthur Treadwell - Grice, James
8 8 Hawk, John - Lubin, Sheldon
8 9 McDonald, Chester - Russell, Clayton
8 10 Santos, Ernest A. - Spalding, James T
8 11 Timbers, James - Zingone, Marie A
8 12 Invitations
8 13 Misc. Correspondence
8 14 Misc. Corrispondence
8 15 Partial Correspondents List

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Personal Awards And Notices
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
9 1 Commendations 1938 - 1944
9 2 Decorations and Certificates 1943 - 1951
9 3 Flight Record 1932 - 1934
9 4 Flight Record 1935 - 1936
9 5 Flight Record 1937 - 1938
9 6 Filght Record 1939 - 1940
9 7 Flight Record 1941 - 1942
9 8 Orders, General 1943 - 1945
9 9 Orders, Personal 1922 - 1946
9 10 Orders, Special 1936 - 1945
9 11 Press Releases 1943 - 1953
9 12 Report: Experiences at Anzia Beachhead
9 13 Report: Henkell Family Investigation, 1948 - 1949
9 14 Misc
9 15 Misc

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Publications
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
10 l Curtis-Wright Flying Mission to Salonika, Greece
10 2 Foreign Press relating to J.K. Cannon
10 3 Newspapers, Air Force: Mach Meter, Cannon Air Base, NM 5-7-57, 5-20-60, 10-28-60 Ramjet, Ramstein Air Base, Germany 2-25-57 Tailspinner, Langley Air Base, Va 2-12-57
10 4 Newspapers, Clovis News Journal: rededication of Clovis Air Force Base to Cannon Air Force Base, 6-9-57
10 5 Newsclippings 1942 - 1945
10 6 Newsclippings 1946 - 1949
10 7 Newsclippings 1950 - 1957
10 8 Magazines, Various Titles

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Memorabilia
Container(s)

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Miscellaneous
Container(s)

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Citations And Certificates (thirty-four) Medals
Container(s)

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Medals
Container(s)

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Correspondence, Lavon B. Cannon
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
15 1 Ackerman, Faith - Brossard, Edgar B
15 2 Cannon, John Kenneth - April - May, 193()
15 3 Cannon, John Kenneth - June - July, l930
15 4 Cannon, John Kenneth - 1942
15 5 Cannon, John Kenneth - Jan - June, 1943
15 6 Cannon, John Kenneth - July-- Dec, 1943
15 7 Cannon, John Kenneth - Jan - Aug, 1944
15 8 Cannon, John Kenneth - Sept - Dec, 1944
15 9 Cannon, John Kenneth - Jan - July, 1945
15 10 Cannon, John Kenneth - Aug - Oct, 1945
15 11 Cannon, John Kenneth - Nov - Dec, 1945
15 12 Cannon, John Kenneth - Jan - March 1946
15 13 Cannon, Margie - Cannon, Mollie
15 14 Caufield, Frank J. - Curtis, Ted
15 15 Dan, Mary A. - Hutchins, Flip
15 16 Ide, Dora D. - Morris, Bing
15 17 Obermeyer, D.H. - Suerlas, Beatrice
15 18 Taylor, H. - Woodswall, Ruth F
15 19 Misc
15 20 Memorabilia

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Cannon, John Kenneth, 1892-1955--Correspondence.
    • Cannon, LaVon Bennion.  ( contributor)
    • Cannon, LaVon Bennion--Correspondence.
    • Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969.  ( contributor)
    • Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974.  ( contributor)
    • Subject Terms :
    • Armed Forces--Officers--Correspondence.
    • Generals--Correspondence.
    • Military decorations--Specimens.
    • Officers' spouses--Correspondence.
    • World War, 1939-1945.

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