Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP serial
- U.S. Property marked pistol with original blue finish, issued
to Lieutenant General Robert Milchrist Cannon in 1954. Pistol has
punch-dot ordnance mark on the left side of the trigger
guard, just above the Colt Verified Proof mark "VP".
Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP serial number
- U.S. Property marked pistol with original blue finish, issues
to LTG Robert Milchrist Cannon in 1954. (right side)
Lieutenant General Robert Milchrist Cannon
August 16, 1901 - September 3, 1976
A member of Utah's prominent Cannon family, LTG Robert Milchrist
Cannon was born on August 16, 1901 in Salt Lake City, Utah. General
Cannon attended the University of Utah for two years before
transferring to the United States Military Academy.
[Source: U.S. Military Academy]
He graduated in 1925, received a commission as a Second Lieutenant
in the Field Artillery branch, and was initially assigned to Fort
D.A. Russell, Wyoming. In 1927 Cannon completed the Army Air Corps
Primary Flying School. While stationed at Fort Sheridan, Illinois in
1928 Cannon married Josephine Riter (1902–1991), a member of another
family prominent in Utah.
General Cannon attended the Battery Officers Course in 1931. In 1938
Cannon graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College.
Prior to World War II Cannon served as an instructor at the Army's
Fort Sill, Oklahoma Field Artillery School. In World War II Cannon
served in the China-Burma-India Theater, advancing to brigadier
general and chief of staff for the Northern Combat Area Command.
After World War II Cannon served as chairman of an Army board which
interviewed and made recommendations on applicants for commissions
as officers. He also served as Assistant Chief of Staff for
Logistics, G-4 for Sixth United States Army. In 1948 Cannon attended
the Basic Airborne Course in preparation for his assignment to the
82nd Airborne Division, afterwards taking command of the Division
General Cannon served as commander of the U.S. Army Advisory Group
in Turkey from 1951 to 1952. From 1952 to 1953 Cannon was head of
the Army Audit Agency. Cannon then served as Chief of the Joint U.S.
Military Advisory Group which advised the Philippine government
during its effort to stop the Hukbalahap insurgency.
Following his Philippines assignment, Cannon was appointed Service
Special Assistant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Mutual Defense
Advisory Pact Affairs. Cannon served as deputy commander and chief
of staff for United States Army Pacific, receiving promotion to
In 1958 General Cannon was a participant in the ceremony used by the
Army to select World War II and Korean War remains for placement in
the Tomb of the Unknowns. From 1959 until his 1961 retirement
General Cannon served as commander of the Sixth United States Army.
General Cannon's awards included the Distinguished Service Medal,
the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal.
General Cannon retired to San Francisco. He died in Norwalk,
Connecticut on September 3, 1976 after being stricken while visiting
his daughter in Connecticut. He was buried in San Francisco National
Cemetery, Plot H-35.
Lt. Gen. Robert M. Cannon - San Francisco -- Lt. Gen. Robert
M. Cannon (retired), 75, dies Sept. 3, 1976, in Wilton, Conn. Born
Aug. 16, 1901 Salt Lake City, to Lewis M. and Mary Alice Cannon.
Married Josephine Riter, 1928, Salt Lake City. Attended U. of U.,
West Point. Directed ROTC at U. of U. many years. Commanding general
o Sixth Army at time of retirement in 1965. Chief of staff to General
Joseph Stilwell in Burma-Chinese campaign during World War II.
Survivor: wife; son, Robert R., Los Angeles; daughter, Mrs. Donald (JoAnn)
Schwarz, Wilton, Conn,; 5 grandchildren; brother, Alan M., Shelley,
Idaho; sisters, Mrs. Fred J. (Marjorie) Pingree, Salt Lake City;
Mrs. Frank (Josephine) Grimsdell, Portland, Ore. Funeral Thursday 1
p.m., Presidio in San Francisco, Burial, U.S. Military Cemetery at
Photo Credit: SMB-1010