Cannelton Police, American Legion post members search for stolen cannon


CANNELTON, Ind. (WEHT) Members of an American Legion post in Perry County, along with police, are searching for a cannon that was reported stolen more than two weeks ago.

It belonged to the post in Cannelton, who has had it for nearly a century.

It weighs about 15 pounds, is 18 inches long, and has been used for Memorial Day ceremonies and other events.

“Part of the ceremony when we arrive at the cemetery is to fire the cannon. That’s let everyone in the area know we are there and it’s a salute to our fallen comrades,” says Dan Hayden, Adjutant for American Legion Post 142.

“It sounds great being fired across that river because the echo back makes it sound beautiful,” adds Morris Graves, American Legion Post 142 Commander.

More than two weeks ago, that cannon was taken from Post 142.

“It’s almost like it’s a shock that somebody would desecrate this particular building for what it stands for and for what it does for the community,” says Graves.

Post members say someone broke in to their building on Knight Street. Graves says a neighbor noticed lights on in the building and called police, who then alerted post members. After learning of the break-in, post members came here to see what happened, and when they looked in the closet the cannon was stored in, they saw it wasn’t there.

“We just simply would like to have the cannon back for our purposes, but also for the safety of those that are out there. It’s a cannon. It can be dangerous,” Graves says.

The cannon is called “The Pat B.”, named after Pat Bunner, a post member who passed away about a decade ago.

“His family is just brokenhearted for the loss of that cannon. I don’t think anybody had more fun with it than he did,” Graves said. He also says another member thought they found the cannon at a gun show in Indiana, but that turned out to be a false alarm.. Members hope the cannon ‘s returned in time for Memorial Day events.

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(This story was originally published on February 28, 2020)

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