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Major General Walter C. Short Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

MAJOR GENERAL WALTER C. SHORT
Born: March 30, 1880 in Alton, Illinois
Died: September 3, 1949 in Dallas, Texas
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WALTER C. SHORT (1880-1949), who would become responsible for the air and ground defense of Pearl Harbor, was promoted to Brigadier General in 1936 and Major General in 1940, when he was given command of the I Corps. In January 1941, Short was put in command of the Hawaiian Department; he was promoted to temporary Lieutenant General in February. Ten days after the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Short was removed from that post. In January 1942, a commission headed by Supreme Court Justice Owen J. Roberts investigated the circumstances of the attack and reported poor judgment and dereliction of duty by General Short and Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, commander of the Pacific fleet. Short was retired in February 1942. An Army hearing in 1944 reached no conclusion as to blame. A Congressional investigation in 1945-1946 found errors in judgment but no dereliction of duty. There was no court martial. Short maintained until his death in 1949 that he deserved a fair court martial and that his conscience was clear.
  • MAJOR GENERAL WALTER C. SHORT - COLLECTION  - HFSID 260280
    MAJOR GENERAL WALTER C. SHORT - COLLECTION - HFSID 260280
    [WALTER C. SHORT] COLLECTION! Stars and insignia from the uniform of the Army's top man at Pearl Harbor Two silver General's stars and two brass "U.S." collar insignia worn by General Short. Each star is about an inch wide. Fine condition. The insignia are each 1x½ in length. Lightly tarnished, else fine condition.

    Sale Price $2,125.00

    $2,500.00

  • MAJOR GENERAL WALTER C. SHORT - EPHEMERA UNSIGNED  - HFSID 265790
    MAJOR GENERAL WALTER C. SHORT - EPHEMERA UNSIGNED - HFSID 265790
    WALTER C. SHORT. Dress Sword Knot, unsigned. Gold woven cord, 15½ inches overall, acorn-shaped knot at one end. Likely with Short when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, as the attack was on a Sunday. Fine condition. Accompanied by copy of typed DS: "Walter D.

    Sale Price $1,020.00

    $1,200.00

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