Linn County

Cecil Shanklin



U. S. Cruiser Boise Sets Battle Mark—The U. S. light cruiser Boise (above) docked at the Philadelphia navy yard, home from the Solomon islands battle zone with the extraordinary record of having been chiefly instrumental in sinking six Japanese warships in a single engagement.

Source:  Cedar Rapids Gazette, Nov. 20, 1942

NOTE:  Cecil Shanklin was on this ship during most of his former 4 years service in the Navy.


THREE MEMBERS…of a single family, all in the Navy and all serving in the Philippines are shown above.  At the left is Verne Sorenson, a veteran of the other war, who is with the Seabees and who went down to the South Pacific almost two years ago on the same ship with Johnny Fryrear. He has seen action at Guadalcanal, Bougainville, the Marianas and now in the Philippines.  He’s the stepfather of Paul Shanklin, F1/c , (right), and Cecil Shanklin, CMoMM, both of whom are old Navy hands and once served together on the New Orleans.  Cecil has been in the Navy eight years while Paul enlisted after doing a hitch earlier.  The only member of the family still at home is Mrs. Sorenson, who lives at 1422 First street NW.  Paul made headlines some years back when he pedaled a bicycle from Cedar Rapids to Florida, 1,970 miles, in 20 days.  His wife, the former Hazel Parents, of Cedar Rapids, lives now in Van Nuys, Calif., where she works in the Lockheed plant.

Source: local Cedar Rapids newspaper, Jan. 28, 1945 (photo included)