Ensign Louis Shane married a Maryland woman, Anabel Stephenson. They had two children, Louis, Jr. (b. 1904) and Elizabeth (b. 1907), both born at Philadelphia where Louis Sr. was stationed at the naval shipyard. A couple years after Louis Jr.’s birth, his father received his Type II Sampson Medal authorized to the ship’ company on Massachusetts and rim-engraved “Nav. Cad. Louis Shane, U.S.N.” As a young boy, it’s hard to imagine that Louis Jr. was not impressed with his father’s Sampson Medal, perhaps taking it out “to try on for size” when his dad was not around.
Louis Sr.’s 37-year naval career as an engineering officer, saw a number of interesting assignments. During WWI he was a naval inspector in St. Louis at Busch-Sulzer, the diesel submarine engine factory owned by another German-speaking, naturalized citizen, brewing magnate, August A. Busch, Sr. The connection between the “King of Beers” and the Greatest Navy is worth noting. In 1897, the company patriarch, Adolphus Busch obtained the American rights to build diesels. He retained the inventor, Dr. Rudolph Diesel, as a consultant and the company's first engine was installed in the Anheuser Busch power plant in 1898
With the outbreak of World War I, but prior to the U.S. entering the war, the Navy asked Busch-Sulzer to design several types and sizes of submarine diesels up to 2,500 horsepower; an assignment that no other firm was capable or willing to take on. Without hesitation, Busch ceased production of all but Navy submarine diesels for the duration of the war. Busch diesels were in various L, N, O, R and S- class boats. During WWI, Shane spoke out publicly against unwarranted attacks in the press that questioned Busch’s allegiance, noting that, “We have many illustrious citizens of German birth, and none are more loyal than Mr. Busch.” (“Prost!” Commander Shane, this Bud’s for you.) In 1916, Shane was put in command of the collier, USS Neptune.